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Wednesday Dec. 30 - continued
where they live, is so noisy, so unrestful,
delighted to f. nd a place of quiet and rest
They considered it a treat end privilege to
that they were
lueh as the Inn,
be allowed to
Thursday, Dec 31, 1936
New Years Eve may have been celebrated in a gay, boisterous
manner insome places but here at the Wayside Inn all was quiet
and osacefu].. About twenty guest e in for dinner and there
was one overnight guest. She was a young to man connected with
the store cf Best end Co. in New York. r.hered that her
life had been given to hard, hone t work; that at last she had
reached a position in whieh she could enjoy a. few luxuries.
Therefore, our overnight guest treated herself to a short stay
at the "ayside Inn. She loved the old atmosphere; the fire-
places i iter dinner joined a circle of guests who had
gathered in the bar-room. Informally they talked and chatted
until a late hour, not late enough, however to witness the
coning in of the New Year.
Friday, Jan 1, 1937
The first guests to register today, were Mr. & Mrs. Gookin.
They are dear, good friends who have coire frequently and faith-
fully during the past year, "e have started off the New Year
then, in an especially pleasant way. Several of our old friends
came to wish us a Happy New Year and we c lied back: "The same
to you" I The New Year brought forth an especially pleasant day
outside, too, so that there were many who came in just to see
the house. Dinners were served to 179 people in the dining
Saturday, Jan 2, 193 j^
This was a stormy day with r;in and sleet and a little
snow mixed in - making automobile driving dangerous and
slinpery. Consequently our number of guests was not large.
Among those who ventured forth however, were Mr. and Mrs.
"'illiams of Belmont. They were celebrating their 3rd wedding
anniversary. Mr. Williams said that several days were spent|here
at the time of their wedding. Every year a celebrrtion of the
event consists of a dinner at the "vy^icio Inn.
The thirty-second anrave
party of Wayside Inn Chapter, D.A.R.,
was held at Wayside Inn when the
chapter's charter was on display and
the subject of much Comment. It
is an oak frame, made from wood
f'pom the inn by the former owner,
the late Edward R. Lemon.
A contribution was made to the
grocery table at -the Colonial bazaar,
the quota of dimes was*jfted, its per
capital met and money voted to per-
manent State headquarters. Guests
were present from Margery Morton
Chapter, D.A.R., Old North Chapter,
D.A.R., and from John Adams Chap-
The next meeting, in April, will be
at the home of Miss Emma J. Wel-
lington, chapter secretary, Cochitu-
ate road, Wayland, when mernb u
will display heirlooms.
K*>"t£ r/»Tt*> d3i^t(o?
K-rs. U&roU 5^. 1>owU'
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Sunday, Jan 3, 1937
A chubby, little girl in brown dress and small brown hat, sat behind
the Bar at the Wayside Inn today and as graciously and smilingly as any
adult stage star, wrote her name "Love, J. ne Withers" at the request of
several fond admirers. The thing that impressed us, greatly, about this
well known cinema star, was her ease and poise, her naturalness and friend-
liness. She was thoughtful and considerate of others. This was evident
when it wps suggested that she take some copies of the "Story of larys
Little Lamb" to her friends, "Oh, yes',' she said, "I'd like to give one to
John and Betty and Mary and Jane". Then ?te asked if she would like a copy
for, herself. She answered; "That would be very nice. I would love to have
one!" This fascinating child was interested in the house; she wanted to
know all about it and remembered well the few details pointed out during
her very short visit. Her mother, her tall yming body guard end others in
the party of 9, reminded Jane several times of the fact ths. t she must appear
on the stage of a Boston theatre at 2:30 o'clock. Jane understood, but she
seemed loathe to leave. Along with her went a pile of books, including the
"Tales of a Wayside Inn" and a small package of oyster crackers, the kind
served with her soup at the dinner table.
Jand^^HKrs, young screen star,
now appearing in person at the
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Monday, J n 4, 1937
It is real, y surprising to learn from what "four corners"
of the earth our guests come. One would suppose that during these
winter days our visitors would be from nearby, local cities and
towns. But our register book today shows the following places represented,
Manila - Philippine Islands
El Paso - Texas
Los Angeles - California
Tuesday, Jan 5, 1937
The Christmas messages from Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford and Mr. and
Mrs. Edsel Ford wh< ch a ppeared in a recent issue of the Herald, have
been inspiring. Although addressed to the school children, we have
found them very helpful. We liked especially what Mr. Ford said a bout
being helpful; helping each other. "The more we help each ther to be
the best and do the best, the more we help ourselves and the world."
That spirit of help'fulness can be appMed in all our daily tasks a t the
At this Christmas season I send you
my best wishes for your happiness and suc-
cess. If you have been observing you
have noticed in your schools and the other
activities connected with this place, that
everything that is done is the result of
people working, working together, working
together according to a plan, which means
helping each other. Everything in the
world is done by people helping each
other. Of all the things I see in your
school-work, this gives me most
pleasure. The more we help each other
o be the best and do the best, the more
we help ourselves and the world.
Let us think of this and make it part
of our purpose during the New Year.
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Wednesday, Jan 6, 1937 Pleasant
The next time President Conant of Hirverd cones to the Inn
(wh'.ch we hope will be soon) it has been planned to show him an item
found in Vol. 1 of the Town Records of Sudbury. It reads as follows:
Cambridge, this 10th of march 1 678
Received then of severall persons
of the Town of Sudbury severall
percells of corne amounting to
(with the transportation from Sudbury
to Cambridge) the full sume of what
w?s there subscribed to contribute
to the new Colledge building for the
Colledge. I say received by mee.
It is hoped that President Conant can tell us just which
college building was being erected in 1678 and if the particular
building for which the people of Sudbury contributed corn is still standing.
Thursday, Jan 7. 1937 Sleet
Correspondence this week has been of unusual inter st. Topping the
list was a letter (not a note) from JaneWithers expressing her feelings
about the Wayside Inn; telling us of ohe things she liked best and express-
ing the hope that she could come aga in. The informality of the letter
was charming. It began "Hello 1 Everybody!"
Next came a very fine note from our good friend Dr. Etz. He spoke
of the Christmas Pageant; its dignity and inspiring spirit and his pleasure
in seeing it.
Miss De Mille sent a large assortment of picture post-cards showing
the lovely California country where her vacation is being spent.
Mere pictures of the"old fashioned" ladies who came in the group of the
"Outdoor Sports Club" have been sent. These from 'Mrs. Harold S. Bowkar
of Worcester who wore a paisley print dress belonging to her grandmother.
Still another letter from a member of the "Outdoor Sports Club" reads as follows;
"When the Outdoor Sports Club of Worcester were your
guests you served a most delicious baked Inding pudding.
I wonder if it would be possible for you to give me the
receipe? I have 3 church supper for 300, Jan 15 and
am going to serve the Indian Pudding and wish I could
make one like yours."
From: Mrs. F. H. Davidson
13 Algonquin Road
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Friday, Jan 8, 1937 Pleasant
Two more important members of our household have departed for
a vacation period. Emma, the cook and Mary Cronin, waitress are
away for two weeks. Emma has gone to the home of a sister in Holden,
Massachusetts and Mary expects to visit a neice in New York City.
Saturday, Jan 9, 1937 Pleasant
There is one chara cter In the "Tales of a Wayside Inn" of whom
we know little. The statement has been made that Henry Ware Wales
"The Student" was a scholar of promise who died early and whose tastes
appear in the collection of books which he left to the library of
Harvard College. Today we learned more about him from a Mrs. Drinkwater.
She told us that her f other was a very good friend of the Wales family.
An uncle of Henry Ware Wales had sailing vessels ^n the old days and
until comparatively recently there was a well known Wales Warf in Boston.
A brother of "The Student" was also interested in sailing ships. He
lived at 140 Beacon St. All were very wealthy. Henry Ware Wales spent
much of his time travelling and was one cf the first to wear a French
moustache. We have often remarked on the long beard seen in his picture
in the Parlor and how strange it looks on a "y~uth" - as Longfellow calls
him. Mrs. Drinkv.ater said that soon after the popularity of beards, Henry
Ware Wales returned from Paris with a short mustache. It caused a sensation
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Sunday, J-ji 11, 1937 Snow
Mr. Sennott had just called our attention to tiny, green buds
on the lilac tree beside the front door, when down c^.roe a beautiful
snow storm. It was not of long duration, but the large white flakes
covered every little branch and twig and made a pure spotless
covering on the ground. We lit a fire on the hearth and brought out
Whittiers's "Snow- Bound". We were far from being "snow-bound" our-
selves, but we put a copy of the poem on the table where our guests
might enjoy reading it. One portion of this well known verse seemed
" We watched the fitst red blaze appear,
Heard the sharp crackle, caught the gleam
On whitewashed wall and sagging beam,
Until the old, rude-furnished room
Burst, flower-like, into rosy bloomj
While radiant with a mimic flame
Outside the sparkling drift became,
And through the bare-boughed lilac-tree
Our own w-rm hearth seemed blazing free."
Monday, Jan ££> 1937 Pleasant
Frankly, we are puzzled. We entertained at luncheon today a
couple whom we believe to have been Mr. and Mrs. Booth Iarkington.
But they travelled incognito; they gave their name as "Nelson" and
the lady called the gentleman "George". It came to our attention,
however, that our guests resembled in almost every way a picture of
Mr. and Mrs. Booth larkington which appeared today in a local newspaper.
The noted author has been very ill. Our guest was feeble and needed
much care and attention from his wife and chauffeur. We are hoping that
in some way this mystery can be solved.
Tuesday, Jan 12, 1937 Cloudy
A Mrs. Holcomb sat in the Parlor tins afternoon and told us of
her thrill at finding a copy of the Tales of a Wayside Inn, in China.
She said that while living in Hankow, China she wanted to use the
British Library there. But to use the Library a person must out in an
a pplication. The application must be sent to London to be approved.
This procedure takes several weeks. While waiting for the neces ;ary
card fro:;: London, Mrs. Holcomb resorted to the Y.M.C.A. in Hankow (es-
tablished for American sailors^. In th s small Library Mrs. Holcomb
found a copy of the Tales of a Wayside Inn and read it from cover to
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Wednesday, Jan 13, 1937 Cle^r and w-rm
The Warming pans or Bed Warmers attract much attention. There is
one n nearly every room of the Inn. Very often children will say:
"Oh, see the pop-corn popper". Today Mr. David Magner of the Lincoln
and Lincoln Zephyer Motor Company was a dinner guest. He thought the
bed warmers were passed in churches in the old days for the purpose of
taking up the contribution! We read recently that our grandmothers had
to be very careful in heatirg beds with these old fashioned warming pans
because they could easily scorch the sheets.
Thursday, J^n 14, 1937 Cloudy and warm
A gentleman inquired if we could supply him with a co y of
Mr. Cameron's Sunday Evening Talk of Dec. 16th. It was the talk on
"Opportunity" and our guest expressed great interest and pleasure in
it. He wanted co -ies of it. We were rather eager then, to procure
copies, not only for our guest but for our own res ding (not having
heard the Broadcast), Since reading this fine talk we agree with the
guest that it is especially good. Particularly this part.
"There 1 s not a single fact you learn or a tiny
discovery you make today that may not stand forth-
even a quarter of a century hence- as the very
thiiig you need in some crucial hour."
We can apply this philosophy in meeting and talking with guests
of the Inn. We can learn a great deal from them. They bring us many
new thoughts; new information about all kinds of things. They tell
us of manners and customs in foreign lands and in other parts of our
own country. At the moment it may not seem important, but in some
crucial houB, as Mr. Cameron says, it may be of great help.
Friday, Jan 15, 1937 Cloudy
The weather is always a chief topic of conversation - and so it is
at the Wayside Inn. This has been a remarkably mild winter season with
practically no snow and the temperature unusually high. It would seem
ideal )for those who do not want to go skiing) but as a matter of fact,
it has not been ideal for motorists. Roads have been frequently icy and
slippery. There have been fewer guests for this re-rson. Sometimes we
have several guests for luncheon and a number of visitors in the afternoon,
Early evening brings a lower temperature; it rains and stats freezing.
Consequently our dinner guests are few and evenings "re generally quiet.
Tonight we were pleased to have the young people come in for a dancing
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Saturday, Jan 16, 1937 Pleasant
Three young people, all of whom are deaf, dumb and blind came
today with Miss Hall from the Perkins Institute in Watertown, Mass.
Miss Hall has brought many of her pupils here and each group seems to
get inch pleasure in feeling of the various objects throughout the
house* Today the only way Miss Hall could explain th'ngs to the
children was by the child putting a finger on her lip, thus reading
the words by motion of the lips. A long time was spent by this group
in going through the house and we marvelled at the patience shown by
Miss H "11 and her assistants. The children cried out with pleasure
at times and laughed hea rtily. The smaller boy insisted on having a
demonstration of how everything was used. For instance the old cow
bell in the kitchen had to be tied a round his neck; the runlet or
canteen for carrying wa ter was ca rried back and forth across the room.
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Sunday, J-n 17, 1937
Ten years ago to-day, the M rys Lamb School house was re-opened.
It was a gre t event for the Wayside Inn. The school house was on
Wayside Inn property} its pupils were children of friends ^nd neighbors
and its teacher Miss Martha Hopkins. We look back with fond memories
to that re-opening day. During the past ten years we have been proud of
the school; we have become fond of the pupi&s and we feel thst the Red-
stone School belongs t the Wayside Inn.
Miss Prances libbitts, present teacher
of The Redstone School
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Monday, Jan 18, 1937 Warm and cloudy-
Three Japanese, a mother and two sons, visited the Inn today
and were very much interested in the house. The mother, who looked
ax young as her sons, was dressed in native costume. She wore a
blue silk kimona and her tiny feet ested on sandals made of strai .
The sons were splendid looking young men and especially kind to their
mother for whom they had to interpret much that the hostess said.
All were very keen, however, nnd grasped the meaning of tirngs quickly
and easily. They d&cided to stay for luncheon and explained that this
was their second day in Boston. Two months had been spent in Europe
a month in England and two months in the water, one of the young men
said. Fortunately the in was corrected to on by the brother.
Tuesday, Jan 19, 1937 Cloudy
Professor Scheil's group dined with us this evening and as
usual s c .t around the fireplace in the old kitchen for their dis-
cussion ; th'.s evvming the discussion being the review of a recent
book. In the group was a gentleman from the Mass. Inst, of Technology
who carried with him a tricky pencil. We hadn't seen ne like it
before. It was made of metal and around its center Wrere different
colored points, blue, red, green, black etc. If you wanted a blue
lead you pushed down on the blue point. In this way you have several
different colored pencils in one. The gentleman said that th's kind of
pencil is most useful In making maps, charts etc.
Wednesday, Jan 20, 1937 Colder
The collection of hooked rugs n the Inn attracts much comment.
We have some unusually pretty onesj all hand made and all old. A
lady today told us something about the origin of hooked rugs. She
said that they were first made in the Scandinavian countrries and
used for bed coverings. From there they were carried to Scotland
and finally found a place an the floors of early American homes.
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Thursday, Jan 21, 1937 Cloudy-
One of our most enjoya ble guests is Dr. Meade. He has been
coming to the Inn for years and does net want to be called
Uv, Brooks (Mr. Loring Brooks). He does resemble our neighbor in
appearance, however, and once or twice has been mistaken for him.
Dr. Meade came today and brought with him a middle aged lady, the
efficient, business-like type. After -lunch they sat on the settle
in the Bar-room and chatted, mostly about books. The lady told us
that she wa a business executive and that this was the first time
since November that she had been outside the city. "Its great to
get away from hard side walks and tall buildings and breathe some
of the good country air -;nd I ar greatly indebted to Dr. Mead for
bringing me to the Inn", she said.
Friday, Jan 22, 1937 Cloudy - w*rm
The following fact might well be recorded by the well-known
Ripley, the "believe-it-or-not- 11 man.
Outside the Old Kitchen window where v,e always look for the
first signs of Spring, we saw today ) January 22nd) our little green
"snow-drops" with large white buds on them. Others are poking their
heads up through a large crack in the ground - and should the sun
appear we are certain that the snow-drops would blossom forth like
they generally do about the first of M rchl This ofcourse is due to
our unusually mild winter.
Saturday, Jan 23, 1937 Cloudy
Today has been spent in preparation for the Universalist Ministers
Annual Retreat. This is to be their 35th ye^r here. Everyone of the
household is looking forward with pleasure to their coming. Every bed
Las been made up freshly; the rooms prepared. Books from our library
have been put about on the tables j Emerson, Hawthorne and Longfellow
and some contemporary authors. Apples are being polished and food
prepared in the kitchen. A list hss been received of first arrivals
an', of those who are planning to come later. The majority will arrive
tomorrow afternoon. About 20 ministers are expected.
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Sunday, Jfin. 24, 1937 Cloudy
Today and the next three days of the Diary will be devoted to
the 35th Annual Retreat of the Universalist Ministers.
Soon after dinner Dr. Tomlinson and Rev. Ha mmatt stepped off the
Bus from Worcester and were soon receiving a hearty welcome from members
of the Wayside Inn family. It was as if they were coming home. They
carried their bags to their rooms and were soon down stairs sitting be-
fore the open fire telling us of their travels snd experiences of the past
year and of their friends .and families. So it was -.vith the others who
arrived from time to time through the afternoon. By 5 o'clock cordial
greetings end friendly handshakes filled the rooms with a spirit of good-
will and good chear. It was honest-to-goodness, sincere fellowship, real
pleasure in meeting once again at the W ayside Inn. Interspersed among
the older, familiar faces were a few young men. Witty remarks passed to
and fro. We overheard this one.
Dr. Rose (a young minister): "Yes, when I think of you at
the ft ayside Inn, Dr. Perkins, I associate you with the old
tables, the andirons and the Sap Bucket'.'
Dr. Perkins: I am perfectly willing to be associated with
a Sap Bucket, but I refuse to be classed with a bucket of
On the arrival of Rev. Ellenwood of Woonsocket R. I. he was asked
to take off his coat. Dr. Ellenwood: "I've been looking
the bunch over to see if I wanted to stay, before I took off
my coat I"
So this jolly company continued to welcome its fellow members until
late in the evening. Dr. Hill w^s met at the tr?in in Framingham at
9 o'clock and Dr. Lowe came from Rockland M-.ine at 11 o'clock.
Monday, Jon 25, 1937 P&ensant
The ministers gathered in the Old Kitchen *t 9:30 o'clock for a
Discussion period. This was followed by Luncheon. The afternoon
was spent in walks and another Discussion period. We might say, however,
that the Discussion periods were unlimited as to time and place. Dis-
cussions on religious subjects; topics of current interest and on everything
ingeneral could be heard at lomost anytime or any where you might find two
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Monday, Jan 25 - continued
or more ministers. The ex king of England tups mentioned; someone suggested
a Sit-down Strike at the Wayside Inn (for the ministers) and Dr. Perkins
and Dr. McCollester discussed the Ford Sunday Evening Hour. Dr. Perkins was
es ecially enthusiastic about Mr. Cameron. He said: "It is a fine thing;
beautifully done." Dr. Van Schaick, editor of the Christian Leader c°me late
th s afternoon, bringing the number up to 19 in sttned~nce.
Di . Vincent E. loiLLinson
Dr. lomlinson in informal
discussion with Dr. Sllenwool
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Monday Jan 25 continued
35rH ANNIVERSARY DINNER
At six-thirty o'clock members of the Retreat ?nd a few members of
the Wayside Inn family gathered in the large dining room for the 35th Anniversary
Dinner. Dr. Perkins acted as Magister Convivii. In a dignified but informal
manner, he introduced the speakers. Mr. Sennott gave a word of welcome and
expressed the hope that the Retreat would continue at the Inn for the next thirty-
five years. Next came Dr. Etz, the Secretary of the Retreat who gave a more or
less statistical record of its history. He mentioned that Dr. Perkins , Dr.
Tomlinson and Dr. Albion of Framingham (unable to be present on account of illness)
were the three members of the Retreat who first came to the Inn 35 years ago.
Dr. Perkins has not missed a single meeting and Dr. Tomlinson only one. There have
been 58 members through the 35 years; 25 of the number being dead. Originally
the Retreat began on Monday. Thirteen years ago Dr. Hammatt changed the es-
tablished custom by coming on Sunday I
The fact was revealed by Dr. Etz that in 1S24 when the Inn was acquired
by Mr. Ford, that a committee consisting of Drs. Tomlinson and Etz was appointed
to investigate other places where the Retreat might be held. It was recommended
by the committee that the Retreat be given up completely rather than be held elsewhere
than the Wayside Inn. _^^^rfl
Members of the 35th Retre.it
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Monday Jan 25, continued
55th Anniversary Dinner
The next speaker on the program was Dr. Fischer of New Haven, Conn, who
spoke beautifully on "Memories". He mentioned the visit of members of the
Retreat to the Redstone School and how Miss Hopkins acted as "teacher'. 1 His
whole talk was full of tender feelings and touched everyone deeply.
Dr. Theodore A. Fischer
Dr. Seth R. Brooks of Maiden, Ma s. was the next speaker. He spoke on
"Prophecies" and represented the younger men who have been chosen to join
th's distinguished group. His talk was admirably done. Everything he said
7:as well chosen and carefully planned. It was thrilling to feel that the
Retreat will go on under the leadership of such pble young men as Dr. Brooks.
Space forbids recording all of the fine things Dr. Brooks said. The whole
spirit of his talk centered around the thought that the Retreat had become ?n
Altar in his heart, where he worchipped the friendships made and the dear old
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Mon Jan 25, - - continued.
55th Anniversary Dinner
Musical numbers were given during the pro gran by Mabel Anderson Pearson,
contralto in Dr. Tomlinson' s church. The more humorous side of the affair
was presented by a quartet composed of four young ministers who rendered several
We cannot, in these pages, do justice to the magnificent spirit which
prevailed at this 55th Anniversary Dinner. It was a brilliant success. A won-
derful feeling of harmony exists between the old and the young men. They
are working together in perfect unity for the continuance of the Wayside Inn
Retreat for at least 35 years longer.
Tuesday, Jan 26, 1937 Pleasant
The ministers were surprised this morning to see our snow-drops in
blossom outside the old Kitchen window They called first one then the other to
see them. Dr. Huntley said; "I've seen snow flakes here many times, but never have
I seen snow drops!" It is unusual, of course, and some may have been disa ppointed
that a snow storm did not come during these Retreat days. Others, however, have
expressed pleasure in being able to walk in the woods.
After a day of erious thought, the ministers enjoyed a dinner in the
Old Kitchen. After dinner, like school boys on a vacation, each one told his
best story. Some of theip a^e worn "thread bare" through telling year after
year, it was explained. Most of the stories, however, were of such good fun
and humor as to bear repeating. Dr. Tomlinson gave "Old Rome Day at the
Corners or Something for Everybody". Dr. Hammatt told of his experiences riding
on a horse in the town parade.-
"The hour was latej the fire burned low"
Then all arose and said Good-night".
Wednesday, Jan 27, 1937 Pleasant
At nine-thirty o'clock this morning, a simple Communion Service was held
in the Old Kitchen. After this, a few ministers began to take leave. Others
stayed for luncheon. All seemed loathe, to leave and spent the short remaining time ii
informal conversation, reviewing the events of th's 35th Retreat ->nd pro-
claiming it to be a splendid occasion. Immediately after lunc- practically
everyone departed. Dr. Tomlinson and Dr. Haramatt, the first to arrive, were
the last to leave.
Thus, closed another event of great historical significance in
the Annals of the Wayside Inn.
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Thursday, Jin 28, 1937 Pleasant
A nice, red shiny apple was presented to one of our young guests the
other day. We have been informed "that the young lady has preserved the apple for
Posterity.. She covered it with a thin coating of wax, after she had scratched
"Wayside Inn" and the date upon it.
Friday, Jan 29, 1937 Pleasant
La-^t Sunday we had the pleasure of conducting a large family group
through the Inn. There was a mother and father, grandmother and three
children. All listened attentively. When we came to the Betty lamp in the
old Kitchen the gentleman remarked on the similarity of the Betty lamp to
early Roman lamps. We wer interested in what he had to say. Casually he
mentioned that he had an early Roman Lamp which he would like to send us.
Th s week we ha e received the beautiful old lamp from our guest,
Mr. 1. W. Leavitt, as promised. He writes:
"This is a Roman Lamp, close to 2,000 years old. I secured it
from our museum at the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Syria ,
as a duplicate and it has been identified by our archeologist, Dr. Harold
Ingholt, a noted Dane now diggingin Hama, Syria."
The lamp is a gen; small, beautifully shaped and decorated. It is
a choice bit of pottery. Already our guests have shown interest in it;
in com:aring it with our Betty lamp.
Saturday, Jan 30, 1937 Pleasant
The end of the week and the end of the day brought 5 students
from the State School of Agriculture in Delhi, New York, to our door.
They came In th'red and worn, but were eager to see the truse and soon
ordered dinner. Then they told of their interest in cooking; that they
were students of Home Economics. They were particularly interested In the
flour ground at our Mill and each carried away a folder of our receipes
which they promised to "try".
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Sunday, Jan 51, 1937 Cloudy
At noon time saven men from seven different countries arrived .
They called themselves, jokingly, "The Lea gue of Nations". Italy,
France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, England and Ireland were rep-
resented. They were agents of the American Express Company, fine young
gentlemen; full of fun and eager to learn everything about the Wayside
Inn. It will be the duty of each one when he ee turns to his native
country, to direct foreign tourists to interesting places in the United
States; plan tours for them and tell them what to see and what not to
see when they come to America. Accompanying the gentlemen was the manager
of the American Express Company in Boston.
Monday, Feb 1, 1937 Pleasant
Mr. Frank Howe of Bennington, Vermont announced himself yesterday
as being an 8th lineal descendent of the Howe family. Very often we
are visited by descendents of the Waysidelnn Howes. Sometimes the con-
nection is ver^ remote and then again by use of the Howe Geneology book
which we keep in the Parlor closet, we are able to trace the visitor
and find him to be rather near connection of our family. It is unusual,
however, to welcome a direct lineal descendent.
•Tuesday, Feb 2, 1937 Cloudy
Rev. and Mrs. Norman Van Post Schwab of Cambridge are overnight
guests and have stayed two days. Rev. Schwab is assistart rector of
St. Peters Church «in Cambridge. He and his wife are devotees of the
Oxford Movement and Rev. Schwab spoke with interest of having Thanksgiving
dinner cooked vad served at Clinton Inn, Dearborn, with a group of Oxford
associates. Rev. Schwab is also President of the Cooperative Society
Wednesday, Feb 3, 1937 Pleasant
The Wayside Inn family was pleased to welcome Miss DeMille back to
the "fold" today. She has been travelling across the United States and
back again since December 1st. She spent most of the time with relatives
in California . On her way ba ock she stopped at the Grand Canyon and made
a tour of Breenfield Village at Dearborn.
Thursday, Feb 4, 1937 Pleasant
Miss Fisher was called upon today to take charge of the children
in the Mary Lamb School; Miss Tibbitts the teacher being ill. To make
the children better acquainted with the Inn, Miss Fisher brought them
here md gave them a talk about the Old Kitchen. They stayed in the
Kitchen for sometime looking at the old cooking utensils. Miss Fisher
said that some of the older pupils already knew and understood the use
of the various a rticles.
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Friday, Feb 5, 1937
Cloudy pnd cold
While we are more or less shivering here in New England and
hovering around the fireplaces, two of our waitresses, Agnes
and Lema are enjoying the warm sunshine of Florida. They left the
first of the week for a vacation of six weeks in the Southland.
Saturday, Feb 6, 1937
The Ministers Retreat of last week is still fresh in our minds
and we think often of these good friends the ministers and wonder
"Where are they now? Y/hat lands and skies
Paint pictures In their friendly eyes?"
Evidently pictures of the Wayside Inn are before "their friendly
eyes" for we ha ve received from them during the week several letters
and reminders of their visit here. Today some copies of a booklet on
Lenten Readings came from Dr. Etz. Also some pictures of the Retreat
dinner in the Old Kitchen
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Sunday, Feb 7, 1937 Pleasant
It is probably on account of the unusually mild and pleasant
weather th^t we are having an unusual number of guests these days.
We were surprised and pleased v*hen at the end of the day, today, we
found that 1?5 dinners had been served. This, of course, does not
include the number of guests who came in just to see the house.
Altogether this was like a busy day in the middle of the summer.
Monday, Feb 8, 1937 Pleasant
The "Spring" housecleaning is under way. Or should we say Winter
cleaning? Anyway, most of our Intensive cleaning is done in the Winter
time when we have the least number of guests. To-day as we came in
the front door, there was scrubbing and moping go'ng n in the lower h«ll
of the Inn. Woodwork is washed, pictures washed and walls wiped down.
After th s is done, the rooms, one at a time, will be cleaned. The Parlor
is next on the schedule.
Tuesday, Feb 9, 1937 Partly cloudy
Tiny little icicles hung from trees and branhes today as rain
froze and made a fairy-like pictures everywhere. Ice on the roads however,
prevented automobiles from venturing out for pleasure. Consequently
our number of guests was not large. Those who came rem c rked on the won-
derful picture wh ch confronted their eyes as they approached the Inn.
Wednesday, Feb 10, 1937 Pleasant
We have not seen the magazine, but we have learned that a picture
of our tiny Old Dining Room appears in the February issue of "Town ana
Country". A Miss Marjorie Garfield from Syracuse, N. Y. came last June
and made water color paintings of the Old Kitchen and Dining rooms.
She has sent Miss Fisher photographs of the paintings and they are quite nice.
Miss Garfield's pictures make the rooms look really old, as some actual
photographs fail to do. The picture of the Old Kitchen has been on exhi-
bition in Philadelphia and Chicago.
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Thursday, Feb 11, 1937 Pleasant
As St. Valentine day approaches, we are reminded of our foot-
stove in the Bar room which was made, we think, as a Valentine gift for a
sweetheart of olden time. The foot-stove has a wooden frame with an
iron container for hot coals inside. The wooden frame is nicely c?rved
and painted. On the front of it is a red heart, now badly faded. But
we can imagine the pride and joy taken by some young swain a hundred years
ago as he worked on thfeis charming gift. On either side of the box is
carved a sun burst, a traditional decoration. The heart was also used
frequently as a decorative motif. We have understood, however, that foot-
stoves were a popular token of admiration on Februery 14th. Because our
foot-stove has a heart on it, we feel certain of its be"ng a Valentine of
the first order.
Friday, Feb 12, 1937 Pleasant
Bright red hearts fluttered around the Ball-room today as the
M ry L^mb School children and the Southwest school came together for
a Valentine party. There was the usual dancing class, but Miss Oehme,
the teacher, had planned a special surprise. She had made with her own
hands, fancy favors for the children; paper hats and a valentine for
every child. The children were more than pleased and showed their
appreciation by dancing especially well. At least that is what our guests
th ught as they looked on the pretty scene. There were a good many
luncheon and dinner guests today. Possibly because it is the Birthday of
Saturday, Feb 13, 1937 Pleasant
Every now and then we °re favored by a visit from the Misses
Walsh of Clinton, Mass. They are sisters of our Senator David I. Walsh.
Tears ago they came to the Inn quite regularly in the Summer tice. We
have not seen them recently however, until th s afternoon when they
came in for tea. They are large women, tall like their brother and
they are extrem&y odest and retiring. Today they told us that their
distinguished brother was in Massachusetts for the week-end and that he
was to call for then: here at the Wayside Inn. When the Senator arrived
he did not cone into the Inn, however.
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Sund y, Feb 14, 1937 Partly cloudy
The writer of the Diary finds that Sunday is her most difficult
day; difficult in the respect that there seems to be not much of interest
to record in the Diary. Yet Sunday is our busiest day of the week. There
are more people in the house and "people make news". Perhaps it is
because the reporter is too busy to make a report! Anyway, today was a
usual Sunday. Groups of guests Ln twos and threes and whole families
including the youngest child, crowded around thd old Bar to give orders for
dinner. Speaking of the youngest v isitor. Our youngest today was a baby
aged three months. She was carried in a large market basket through the
Monday, Feb 15, 1937 Pleasant
A A dog held the center of attention doday. Overnight guests from
New York, a Mr. and Mrs. Simmons, were rather loathe to leave their Irish
Terrier down in the Basement Boiler room. But mister dog did not object.
In the morning he found lots of friends and was soon entertaining Emma,
the cook, and other of the people in the Kitchen. Naturally they couldn't
resist his cunning pleas for a bite to eat and we think th's attractive
canine fared wellj perhaps better than his master or mistress upstairs!
At any rate he was full of pep and eager to run out-of-doors after his breakfast,
He particularly enjoyed the country fields and open spaces because most of
his dayr are spent in the crowded, cramped city.
Tuesday, Feb 16, 1937 Cloudy
Four people from Livermore Falls, Maine came : n early this morning.
They were middle-aged couples. After seeing all of the rooms and express-
ing their pleasure and interest in the house, one of the gentlemen vol-
unteered the information that this group was just starting out for Mexico
City. "We came down from Maine th s morning. This is our first stopping
place. But in all our sightseeing along the way to Mexico City, we do not
expect to find anything more interesting then this old Inn.'
Dr. Schells group numbering 9, held their customary dinner-meeting
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7/ednesday, Feb 17, 1937 Pleasant
Seventy-seven men and women in a group under the direction of Mr. Fletcher
of Maynard, Mass* danced in the Ball-room this evening. This is a group of
"old-timers" which has a get-together every now and then. They had dinner in
the large dining room and then adjourned to the Ball-room. A four piece
orchestra played the old fashioned dance tunes. We enjoyed the evening as much
the guests. We like a goup of this sort very much.
Thursday, Feb 18, 1937 Pleasant
President and Mrs. Conant of Harvard were Luncheon guests.
An uneasy, re-tle-s group of young boys and girls entered the Bar-room
today. They were loathe to stand still, anxious to see what w^s not in sight-
to go on to the next room. The Instructor w^s a round faced, plump little
manj jolly and friendly. He called to one of the boys, "Gus, I want you to take
charge and see that this group moves on when it should; that it st°ys together
and that everyone listens to what the young lady has to say.*' Just then, Miss
DeMille spoke in a clear, dignified way. She pointed out the Sap Bucket and
mentioned the name of Calvin Coolidge. The boys stopped talking, the girls
stood still. A few on the out-skirts of the group laughed and poked fun at each othe
But when an explanation of the Revolutionary relics over the mantle w*s given,
there was further silence, even the boys on the edge of the group were quiet.
You could have heard the proverbial pin drop. The group was well in hand, in Miss
DeMille' s hand. As I sifc in the Bar-room writing, I can hear that clear voice ring
out. Every now and then a hearty laugh comes f r ;m the group, now in complete
harmong and unison.
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Friday, Feb 19, 1937 Pleasant
Our friends Mr. and Mrs. Bowker fromWorcester srrived this evening
bringing with them a lovely boquet of Talisman roses. Just as they were
about to depart, the children from the Mary L.-imb and Southwest schools
and the young men from the Boys School, flocked through the hall. They
were on their way home after giving an evening of entertainment in the
Ball-room. One of the boys paused to talk with Mr. Bowker. Mrs. Bowker
enjoyed the y linger children. There was a kind of homey, family atmosphere
as the children bid each other good-bye. Good wishes were exchanged for a
pleasant vacation week ahead. We like to have the young people here, They
liven the Inn end make it ring with laughter, friendliness and good-will.
Saturday, Feb 20, 1937 Pleasant
Miss Fisher started off at 6 o'clock th:s morning in her For^V8 Coupe
for a trip to North Carolina. She has a fine day; warm and full of sunshine.
She spoke of passing Mr. Sennott on his way up from Florida. Possibly
thfty will pass each other en route. Miss Fisher said: "I'll wave my hand if
I see Mr. and Mrs. Sennott". A word of greeting would surely have been possible
in the old stage-coach days, but not today when motor carriages carry us
whizzing by each other.
Postal cards froLi Mr. and Mrs. Sennott indicate that they are having a
good vacation and are enjoying the w-,rmth and balmy a ir of Florida; also the
tropical vegetation, the parks and beaches.
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Sunday Feb 21, 1937 P leasant
Literally hundreds of people visited the Wayside Inn today. Over
two hundred dined and a great many more came jusc for the purpose of seeing
the house. Familiar faces and new faces were seen among the guest°. Hungary
men and small children, little old ladies and busy house-wives are pausing
on this holiday week-end to pay their respects to the memory of George
Monday, Feb 22, 1937 Partly rain
Not quite as many people today as yesterday, but over a hundred and
enough to keep us busy every minute from early morning until late at night.
At five o'clock this afternoon, places were set for 16 and dinner was
served in the Old Kitchen. A roast of beef was turned on the Spit, attract-
ing much comment and interest on the part of the many sight-seeing guests
who wandered into the Old Kitchen during the afternoon. In the regular
Dining room, a long table was set for 20. This was decorated with flowers,
candles, and favors in honor of the Birthday of the daughter of the family
of a Mr. and Mrs. Harrington. Miss DeMille called it a "Pink Party".
Decorations were in pink and the guests donned pink paper hats.
Tuesday, Feb 23, 1937 Pleasant
There is no doubt th^t vacation week is here. Children have been
trooping in every day. Mostly they are accompanied by Mother or Aunt or
some elder of the family. A visit to the Wayside Inn has been a long,
looked-for event and in some cases, during v^c^tion week, it is made an
occasion. These youngsters sometimes stay for lunch. Then they make of
it a real party. They wear their best frocks and keep on their company
manners. They are quiet and considerate and listen attentively as they are
shown through the house. "John had to choose between the Wayside Inn and
the Navy Yard" explained one mother. Another said, "This is the third place
on our list. We're trying to see all the historical houses that Mary has
read about '.'
Wednesday, Feb 24, 1937 Cloudy
Recent well known visitors have been Mr. FU. Buxton, editor of the
Boston Herald and winner of the prize for the "Best Editorial of the Year".
We do not recall Ln what year, but it was a famous editorial on Calvin Coolidge.
With Mr. Buxton at luncheon on Saturday was Mr. Felix Frankfurter of the
Harvard Law School. Both gentlemen were engrossed in conversation and
seemed oblivious to the guests around they*.- 1 he guests recognized and
identified them, however, and informed us of our distinguished visitors.
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Thursday, Feb 25, 1937
When Mrs. Barnard, who had lunch here today, was a girl of 7 ye3rs,
she came to the Inn in a carriage. It was a sort of Longfellow pilgr '.-.age.
In the party were Miss Alice Longfellow and another daughter of the poet.
Mrs. Barnard told us this about the excursion: "Because I was the only child,
I was uneasy and bored with the long ride from Cambridge. I can' t lecall who
ran the Inn at that time, but I remember well, the terrible meal which was
set before us. On the whole I had a miserable day and I have often wondered
s nee if the adults really enjoyed itl"
Friday, Feb 26, 1937
This was a gala evening. In the Old Kitchen tall candles burned on the
table set for six. A roast of meat sizzled on the Spit. In the dining room
across the hall a long table was arranged for a Birthday dinner. The daughter
of the family arrived with arms filled with presents for Daddy's Birthday.
A square box contained a huge cake with a picture of a Fisherman made of icing.
Flowers began to arrive and a telegram. All addressed to Dr. Sydney Morrison
in whose honor the 17 guests gathered. It was a surprise, too. When Dr.
Morrison walked into the dining room, there sat friends and relatives ready to
give him loais of good wishes. In the Ball-room upstairs, the strains of a
violin could be heard as the Boys School Dancing Class held forth. L- j ter the
dinner guests adjourned to the Ball-room and were invited to join in a waltz.
At 11 o'clock the Birthday guests still lingered. Before they departed, how-
ever, Mrs. Morrison cut the cake again and Miss DeMille ?nd Miss Staples shared
in a near-midnight feast.
Saturday, Feb 27, 1937
Pie si ant
It is our usual custom on this day to place a wreath on the grave of
Longfellow at It. Auburn ^emetery. A large wreath of woodland greens was
carried in this year as usual. We who live here cherish the memory of the
great poet. We love to repeat his lines in the prelude to the Tales of a
Wayside Inn. We look at his picture, not only on his Birthday, but many times
every day and we are inspired by h s kind and gentle expression.
The anniversary of the bkjth
of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
who was born at Portland, Me.,
on Feb. 27, 1807, is usually noted
in the public schools, when the
story of his life is told and some
of his 'poems are recited by the
pupils. Bowdoin College, from
which he graduated in 1825 and
in which he once taught, also
takes note of the anniversary.
The house in which he lived in
Portland has been bought by the
Maine Historical Society, which
holds a public reception there- on
Feb. 27 every year. He was a
I descendant on his mother's side
of John Alden and Priscilla
Mullins, whose story he told in
"The Courtship of Miles Stand-
ish." From 1836 to 1854 he was
professor of modern languages
and belles lettres at Harvard
College. He lived in a house
which had been used by General
Washington as his headquarters
when he took command of the
army in Cambridge. During his
life his poetry was more popular
in England than the poetry of
Tennyson, the poet laureate.
It csW * \r»»sc.«-i p r a / 2 T In
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Sunday, Feb 28, 1937 Pleasant
Sunday guests remind us of the saj Lng in our childhood days of
"Richraan, poorman, beggarman . . . doctor, lawyer, merchant, chief". It
seems as if they all c^me to the Wayside Inn on Sunday 1 Among the rich-
man and the poorm=>n, the doctors and law^yers, we discovered today a Count
and Countess Lehonborn-Budheim from Vienna.
Monday, March 1, 1936 Pleasant
Again it is necessary to note the weather and rercnrk on this un-
usual season. "Our Crocuses are going by", a guest told us, and our own
little snow-drops outside the kitchen window are no longer blossoming. The
most startling sign of Spring, however, appeared tod^y in the form of a
Gr~y Line Bus carrying seven sight-seers i This is our old friend of the
busy Summer days when tourists are spending vacations a la Bus and the
Gray Line is :ur household word i
Tuesday, March 2, 1937 Cloudy
It sounds incongruous 3rd out-of-place, yet we know that modern slang
phrases must be heard and are he.^rd within the walls of this ancient house.
And they are repe&aed with all the sincerety and earnestness which the y uing
moderns who come here possess. It was really amusing to hear a young college
student exclaim about things the other day, but I repeat that his enthusiasm
was sincere and genuine. As he Looked at the autographs on the bottom of
the famous Coolidge Sap Bucket, our young gentleman guest rem-rked: %y,
do I feel Fame spreading over met" L ter when certain antique lighting devices
were called to his attention we heard this up-to-date remark. "Pretty smooth,
pretty smooth!" We wi-h to add again th'-.t this is recorded, not in jest or
in ridicule but only for the purpose of presenting the current reactions and
remarks of our guests.
Wednesday, March 3, 1937 Pleas-nt
There is a beautiful oblong box reposing behind the Bar. Its covering
is a aretty, artistic Japanese paper and its contents are tiny J^prnese
w fers. It is a present to the Hostesses from one of our Inn friends,
Mr. Otsuki, student at the Massadhusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Otsuki
was reminded of the wafers made in his native country when we told him .^bout
the 18th -entury wafer iron hanging beside our fireplace. He wrote to his
m ther in Japan and she kindly forwarded the ^bove mentioned wafers. The
wafers are curious little things and not exactly pie to our taste which
is, ofcourse, unaccustomed to Japa nes nu ts and spices.
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Thursday, March 4, 1957 Pie s^nt
The Diary of several weeks ago merit'', ned the fact that Rev. and
Mrs. Norman VanP. Schwab were overnight guests. Thi3 week we have
entertained the Rector of Rev. Schwab's church (St. Peter' s in Cambridge)
the Rev. Frederic Lawrence. He nnd Mrs. Lawrence were overnight guests
also. It is notable th^t Rev. L??<rence has ? famous father, Bishop
William I. Lawrence.
Friday, March 5, 1937 Pleasant
Attention of guests for the past week has been centering on the
Paul Revere print of the Boston Massa ere. This can be seen in the Bar
room of the Inn. The Readers Diigest, a monthly publication, mentions
the print at some length in its last issue. The articlt points out that
Samuel Adams, Revolutionary Patriot, was a master publicity agent and sought
out Paul Revere to make a dramatic cartoon of the M?ssacre. He felt that the
people in general would understand a picture of British soldiers mowing
down innocent men better than they would understand the compkc atiens of the
Stamp Act. Thus, several hundred prints of the Massa ere were made nnd dis-
tributed over the 13 colonies.
Today marks the 167th anniversa ry of the deaths of the victims of the
Boston Massacre, which occured M"rch 5, 1770.
Saturday, March 6, 1937 Snow flurries
Mr. Crowell, farm superintendent, came rushing in this morning with
the news that the first baby lamb of the season has arrived. Mr. Crowell
wa^ not half as excited about the lamb as he seemed to be about some twin
goats, newly born. "They are as white as these curtains, right there", said
Mr. Crowell. They must be cute little fellows and Mr. Crowell hopes th.^t
they will have lots of admiring visitors from the Inn.
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Sunday, March 7, 1937 Cold
In spite of a slightly colder day °nd a real feeling of
winter in the air, nearly two hundred peo ;.le enjoyed dinner here
today and many others visited the house, the school and the Mill.
Monday* March 8, 1937 in
Children of an age inclined to be noisy were models of quiet
ness "nd self possession this afternoon. It was the 7th Grade Driving
Class from Framingham. After Miss DeMille had guided them through
the house, they were instructed by the tea cher to divide into three
groups and go into three different rooms. The Parlor, B?r-room and Old
Kitdhen were chosen. The children sat down in chairs about the room
and with pencil and paper started sketching some one object in the
room. In the Bar-room we could hear the clock tick. Pupils made sketches
of various things. Some chose the wagon seat, another the Reflector
oven. In the Bar-room the bed-warmer was a popular subject for drawing.
Tuesday, M^rch 9, 1937 Pleasant
Four elderly ladies c°me for luncheon today and brought their
sewing. After luncheon they sat through the afternoon gathered around the
fireplace in the Parlor. One of the ladies reai aloud from the Tales of
a W yside Inn while the others were busily engaged with their needles.
Wednesday, March 10, 1937 Cold and windy
Guests who come tell us about all sorts of occupations, things that
they do professi nally. We hear about the Butcher, the Baker, the
Candle-stick maker. Today we heard from Mrs. Howard Wood about her work
a Broadcaster on the Radio. She is in charge of a Homemakers Exchange
on the Station of W J A R. Phis station is in Providence, R. I. Mrs.
Wood says that she often tells her homemakers about places -"here she he a
been to eat. She has been to the Inn and mentioned it in her Broadcast
moste than once.
Thursday, March 11, 1937 Cold
Found i The ~ne person in Massachusetts who has never heard of
or seen the Wayside Inn. At leaat Mrs. Lame had never known that the
Waysdie Inn existed until today. "And I have lived in Mo -sachusetts
all my life" she said. Mra. Lame's neice had heard of the Inn, however,
and ha- been here several times. Tod-y she wanted to give her ^unt
• treat and thought a visit to the Inn would be pleasant* Mrs. Lme
wa delighted with the place. M< ny of the old things put her in mind
of her childhood when she remembered churning butter and using ? .foot-
stove. We were interested Ln the things she had to tell us, but we could
not seem to forget the fact that Mrs. Lame had lived in Ma ssachu^tts
ofor approximately 70 years and had not heard about the Wayside Inn
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Friday, March 1?, 1937 Pleasant
Id lay Miss Fisher has been entertaining us with on recount
of her vacation trip which was spent for the most part at
Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville is the home of the
University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson; its buildings
being beautifully designed and built by him. Hiss Fisher spent
a day at Williamsburg, Mf. Rockefeller's Reconstructed city. She
was impressed with the meal served at the Travis House and the
service of negro waiters who passed the food about with a great deal
of Southern elegance and style. Miss Fisher visited the Capital,
the Raleigh Tavern and Governor's Palace and noted the hostesses
dressed in costumes of the Period. She remarked on the reconstruction
of all the buildings and added that she was glad to be back where things
were really and truly old!
Saturday, M^rch 13, 1937 Snow
The long, looked for and long-awainted snow-storm descended upon
us today and covered the Inn with a deep, white blanket. Some city
girls from a Settlement Houso in Boston threw snow balls back and
forth in the fr.^nt yard. Mr. and Mrs. Gookin from Cambridge sat first
in front of one window and then another to view the fresh white scene
outside. Mr. Coulter shovelled paths and in the Old Kitchen Mafy w?^
busy fixing things for an Old Kitchen dinner. A team of horses went
lazily by and large pieces of hard snow appeared on the floor of the
front hall. All unusual incidents for th s winter. Mr. Gookin re-
rarked that this was probably our last snow-storm of the season. In
other words it is really our first and last snow-storm.
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Sunday, Mar 21 , 1937 CI oudy
Connoisseurs of food; people who make a critical juhgeiDent of
fools, ire often among our meal guests . We are not always iws re of
this fact. loday, however, we learned that -. Catherine M. Balbri ige,
Inner guest, is the lady who is schedule - conduct s cooking sch< .<!
in Marlboro this week. Surely Mrs. B^l r ■-;. ,^ e knows good food and we feel
somewhat flattered that she chose to come bo the Wayside Inn foi Be 1.
,/, M r !2, 1337 Pleasant
Id have sat in a c :nce occupied bj the Generals Lafayette
an" tngton, gvve one of today's visitors ; 11 . Our
guest vt s blind, lie spoke to the hostess with much enthusi
in wl • e once s°t i >wned by er king; a man irho
made thousands f I »llars selling Baking powder, rhis was, apparently,
•*; great event in the life of the blin.i young man. But when the hostess
suggested that he sit in our writing-arm Windsor chair (said bo I ve been
sat in by Washington and Lafayette) :ur guest expressed even greater
pleasure. i : e grinned ad we felt th t this simple, little In-
it Lven one person a big "mount f 3 Lness.
Tuesday, Mar 23, 1937 Pie- sant
Ihirty-four guests for luncheon bstantial number tc tie t^t : l
Is served today. The group was c i I of young men and womsn from t v e
Pratt Institute In Brooklyn, New York. Ihey are students in the Llbr
Training School and are spen I aj iys in Boston. They seeae". be have
a good time and listened attentively i Lss lie told the story of the
24, 1937 Pleasant
Whenever Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bowker frc jester w nt to celebr-te
^n P nniversary, they come to the Wayside Inn. loday, Mrs. Bowker had a
Birthday. Consequently there was n party ' j t the Inn. rhis time Mr. Bowker
appeared with a l~rge coke, iecorated most artistically in pole blue and pink
icing. In the hustle and bustle of getting the Birt3 ~y t-ble arrange ,
Miss Fisher was able to supply some caniy Easter chickens, add .ng more
party spirit to the occasion.
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Thursday, Mar 25, 1937 Co] q cloudy
It gave much happiness to Mr. and Mrs. John ff. Kearsley of Hopedale,
•3ochusetts bo see our dancing cl?ss this afternoon. As tl n tched the
children in the various figures of the Quadrille, we could set Mr. Kearsley
keeoing time with his feet; as if he could well remember doing the S'iine steps
himself. Mr. and Mrs. Kearsley are now getting 'long in years. Today
was their 48th Wedding Anniversary. Every year for the p»st seven they have
spent this particular lay at the Wayside Inn.
Friday, H r 26, 1937 Pleasant
Our first thought each morning is whether or not we are to have 1-a-ge
number of guests. If the weather is clouJy or rainy then we expect a q uiet
But if the sun is shining then we prepare f ys busine~'.
We ^re often surprise!, however, by the reverse order of t'r ngs! \ r r iny lay
wijI br'ng many visitors tnd pie s nt y only ~ few. Ihus was the case t
when we thought of the Easter week-end and th s very pleasant "Good Friday"
We did a gooJ business, but not quite as much as anticipated.
Saturday, M r 27, 193" Pleasant
One might have paid e g~ nission price to he^r Br. John R.
Hathaway, guest, give a discourse on Indian lire this afternoon. After
making a trip through the house, Mr. Hathaway showed us a snail tool chest. In
each little drawer were different types of arrow heads; that is, arrow he
made of different kinds of stone. Mr. Hathaway explained each one carefully,
told us where it was found and particular features regarding it. he also t-^ld
us much about habits and traits of the Indians.
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Sunday, March 28, 1957 P lea tant
Of special interest on Easter, is the wepther. Today the sun
shone warm and brightly, but there n \ sharp, chill wind. G^y
hots md bright co- j ts n :re not in evidence is is customary on Easter
Sunday. A number of Spring flowers were seen, however. Yellow
jonquils decorated the tables in the dining room "ni many of the I ly
guests wore boquets. Over two hundred people were serve"-. Yellow
bunnies and pink icing iecorated ^n Easter-Birthday cakepresented at
the t^ble of a Mr. Bowen.
Monday, March 29, 1937 Pleasant
Guests who came to the Bar to order te n this afternoon, found a
Japanese doll standing very still on the shelf of the Bar. Ire oil is
Yoshiko Otsuki. Mr. Yukio Otsuki, our J-p-nese friend from the Mass.
Institute of Technology named her for his sister and presented her to the
Wayside Inn. Yoshiko is s kind of farewell gift for Mr. Otsuki informed
us today that he is leav ing shortly for his native count ryl "My mother
dressed the doll", Mr. Otsuki explained, "and felt so prcwd of it she sent
it to mel" The doll is a sweet little thing and wears 5 mask because
she is supposed to be a dancer. Her long kimona is rc^ie of a gorgeous
piece of silk brocade with gold and red figures .
lyesday, March 30, 1937 Pleasant
It has often been explained that the Redstone School occupies ■
large place in the heart of the Wayside Inn. Therefore we do not think it
amiss to record an interesting bit of information about Mary Sawyer
(the Mary in the poem of "Mary Had e Little Lamb"). A guest told us to-
day that tn the McLe -n Hospital for the Insane at Waverly, Massachusetts
can be seen sn Orange tree which belonged to Mary Sawyer Tyler. The
McLean Hospital was formerly in Somerville where Mary lived. Sometimes
oranges from this tree are used rfor Thanksgiving dinner, which rce?ns,
ofcourse, that the tree is now a very large one.
Wednesday, March 51, 1937 Cole.
The good old loaves :>f bread and pies and things that II idame Howe
used to make for her guests at the Wayside Inn cime forth from the
depths of the Brick oven on - so-called Peel. A peel is ?. kind of flat
shovel with a long handle and the one used by Madame Howe ws of hand
wrought iron. We know this for a f-?ct because today the very oven peel
used at the Waysdie Inn was brought home. It str • ye i s we y in 191-
when Mr. Lemon presented it to Mr. A rthur Leslie Green of Newport, Rhode
Island. The story is, that Mr. Lemon Thristmas p~rty and on the tree
was this oven peel r is a token of friendship from Mr. Leiion to Mr. Green.
It was a f ne thought for Mr. Green to return the peel t"> its original place.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Thursday, April 1, 1957 Cold
At the dinner hour today, we were especia lly busy. In the midst
of a small "rush", a group of boys, boys of Riga School ige, cane into
the Bar-room. Ihey asked the hostess the price of dinner. When she
quoted the price, the boys heaved a sigh I Ihey lacked $1.50 of the tot 1
amount neededl For a moment it lookei as if they would h->ve to forego the
pleasure of dinner ;t the Wayside Inn. Then a guiet youth in the back-
ground came to the rescue. "See here, boys", he said, r T -, ven't done mud
towards the trip so f--.tr, so I'll give the 1.50. rhese five young men lingerei
long at tiie dinner table, ihey laughed tnd joked I Other guests in the
dining room become intereatea and introduced themselves inforsl lly. It
ieveloped th j .t the boys irere enjoying a two-day sight seeing sojourn in
New England. Their English teachei given them \ certain amount of money
to be spent only for the purpose of buying b meal at the Wayside Inn. On
leaving, .all declared that this long-looke d-f or event ws nrt in the least
disappointing. The quiet youth 9 Ld that he felt juatifiel in contributing
the extra '1.50. The jpous c^me from Rutherford, New Jwrsey.
Friday, April Z, 1956 Cloudy
A demure, quaint little girl carried a large note book and pencil
in hand today and as the hostess explained thhigs, a drawing was made in the
note book. First a sq upre was drawn to represent the room itself. Then
each piece of furniture was placed in its proper position. A fter two or
three rooms had been covered i this way, the child explained that she I
been chosen to head a group of eight children who were to write a bout the
Yfayside Inn. "I have told -11 the children to come to the T nn, but me,
this is going to be a big job", sighed the iemure little maid. It lid
seem a bit tedious to the hostess an ; the child was snowing signs of fa tigue.
Therefore, there was a consultation and the pla n fully explained. A final
decision w s made to assign each child one room only. ft list : r the eight
most Important rooms was given. In this wa y, the ts sk will be simplifie"
Saturday , April 3, 1937 Cloudy
"I love this pi ace. When I'm in this part of the country I always
make it a point to come here. I love all this old stuff, its gre^.t, just
the kind of thing that suits me. When I came to the Rodeo 1^3t ye f ;r I
stopped here. Can't go by. Nov/ when I'm in Oklahoma - - " So 'jn jnd on
goes Mr. Frank Mix whenever he makes a vi lit to the Wayside Inn. He cime
today. Short and brusque in his speech -.n i with what we might call b£«- typical
cow-boy manners, he is, nevertheless, genuine and sincere. He is a cousin
of lom Mix, famed movie actor and a goo; frien the l"te Will Rogers .
Sunday, April 4, 1937 Cloudy
Two or three lays ago we received three charming letters. They
were written by small children *.n the Broadbrook, Connecticut school.
The letters, in large childish handwriting, informed U3 that on Sunday
morning, April 4th, a group of children with their teacher would visit
the Inn. We were watching and wa iting this morning and sure enough,
about 11 o'clock, a bunch of little boys and girls with a tall teacher
appeared. They were quiet, little youngster:'. . Ltl large bright eyes
and . istened to every word of the hostess. The h?stess praise' b
for the though tfulness and p^ins t^ken to write us the nice letters.
iSore frequently we receive letters after a visit r ther than before.
Monday, April 5, 1937 Cloudy and c
When Mr. and Mrs. Harold S. Bowker from Worcester -iir.e ,: here on last
Friday evening, Mr. Bowker wrote the following lines as he sat it the
dinner table. Inst: ' "On the Window at Su-ibury" - referring to the
famous verse by Wn Holineaux, Mr. Bowker begins:
On the dinner table:
My health is good
By features roun I
Good things of life do me
By very soul is free from sin
Mine host s been the
Tuesday, April 6, 1937 In
"Ha ppy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you'' — sang 10 little
girls in the dining room today as a little Miss Blanchard cut a large
cake on her 10th Birthday. After luncheon 10 lovely gifts were opened in
the samll Ball-room where the party adjourned for games. It w a r- re
treTt for these young ladles to dine out. Later they went tc the sheep
barn to see the baby lambs aid goats.
Wednesday, ^pril 7, 193/ rtly cloudy
Miss Margery Fisher, aister of our Miss Fisher, is a tea cher in the
Belmont, Massachusetts Day School. Eo->~y she brou^ it id of her pupils for
luncheon at the Inn. during the afternoon i visit was mi he be .*ee the new
born lambs. Mr. hebe, caretaker - : n t a sheep b-rn, let tie children b
i baby lamb in the! - La pleased the b^ys and to irls beyond war
Not very long after the te ,: cher ieparted, ■ teleph ne c 11 came froir the
school asking if a Wayside Inn larab could be purchase:!. The children wa nt
one to keep ^.'t their school for a pet.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Ihursd-y, April 8, 1937 Cloudy
A I shaped arrangement of tables in the new dining room made a
fine setting for a large dinner tonight. Ihe dinner w.-.s held by Banking
executives from Hudson, Bass* Forty-two men were served, Baking a total
of 106 for the day.
Friday, April J&, 1937 Rain
Miss DeMille wa s surprised this morning when a large Bus load o£
young ladies arrived. Ihey were members of the Wheaton College , Illinois,
Glee Club. When Miss DeMille learned this fact she asked then to sing.
Ihey willingly responded with "Ihe Lord 3e With You." One of the girls
ployed "Ave Maris" and "Chinese Lull 3 by n on Miss DeMille' a violin. From
the friendly walls of the Bar-rpom th is lovely music resounded through the
old house. Miss Fisher heard it on the third floor. Agnes listened from
the pantry. It was a grea t treat for us and likewise for these young
students, ihey seemed unusually sci stive of i visit be the Wayside Inn.
Saturday, Aprils, 1937 Pleasant
A Children's Friendship lour conducted by a man Ls wife fr
Framingham, case to the Inn this afternoon. The group consisted of
children from several towns n and around Boston.
Abbott Graves, artist, was e member of the Paint and Clay Club,
frequenters of the Inn during Mr. Lemon's regime. His widow and daughter
paid us a visit this week.
An enthusiastic visitor o£ last Monday was Rev. Wm. F. S : t of
A uburn, Mass. In 19d8 Rev Smith was in charge of the Catholic parish
in Sterling, Mass. On a visit to the Wayside Inn in that year he gave a
short talk to pupils of the Redstone School.
Exactly one hundred guests were served tad; .
WAYSIDE INK DIARY
Sunday, April 11, 1937 Partly cloudy
The hostess must m-int-in her poise under any circumstances; that is,
she neels to remain lignifiea -aid courteous whatever t'.e moment brings forth.
Sometimes it is a very funny happening and °gin it may be a ve^y 3' thin, .
But we are dealing with hum-n nature :n i its uncertainties. Therefore we
find it necessary to quickly adjust ourselves tr> the various types of human
beings who c:>me to the Wayside Ir.n. Ihey are varied sa to ~ge; old men Find
young women, tiny tots gni middle aged parents. Their interests in life are
varied. There are clertymen and business Hen, -etc.. lawyers - . Wit :ne
person, we find 3-urselves symapthizing over the loss of ; iear member of the
family snd in the next instr.nt, we might say , we are laughing with b *!*rie^i : ■
• told an amusing story. Ifith the very small children we try t- ' tely
win their confiience. Sophisticated modern boys and irl^ lege require
ifferent treatment. Phus the Wayside Inn hostess meets, as best she c^n,
these interesting changes throughout s busy Sunday.
Monday, April 12, 1937 . tly cloudy
It has been a long time since the Wayside Inn appeared in print; that
a newspaper account or magazine article has been written "bout it. Every now and
then, however, the Wayside Inn is mentioned in contemporary literature. In
connection with Longfellow, we fine it spoken of in the recent book called The
Flowering of New England" by Van Wyck Brooks. This is a book of exceptional
merit in its discussion of the literary characters of Ne?. England in the first
half of the half o f the 19th century; Longfellow, Emerson, Ihare iu, Hawthorne,
Mr. Brooks says that our poet ranged over New England, Norway, It^ly and Sp ain
in the Tales of a Wayside Inn, "the old Sulbury Tavern on the p ost road to
New York, where he resembled in fancy in imitation of Chaucer, some of
friends, the poet Dr. Parsons, the Sicilian Luigi Monti the landlord I . we
In the April issue of ''Y-nkee" a comparatively new magazine, are photographs
of some od the ,'!0C old houses of New Engl nd aen to the Public. A nice picture
of the Wayside Inn is shown.
Tuesday, April 13, 193. P rtly cloudy
Everywhere abound the Inn there are indications that Spring is here,
Lilacs bu I 5 e' :
I'i-y different birds
Board walks re
Plants uncover e
j s longer
Wednesd ly, April 14, 1937 Pleasant and worm
Another Glee Club favored us with g visit today, but not wi,th vocal
selections aa did the group of last week. Ihis time the 36 students were
a 11 young men, members of the North P.rk College hen's Glee Club of CM ,
Illinois. Ihey were to sing n the Swedish Congregati nal Church in Boston
Thursday , April 15, 1937 Cloudy and Warm
Ihe other evening we receive! s telephone call from Washington, D. C.
asking if Colonel Walter C. I I inner guest \ ere. VJe know Eolonel
B"ker well. He . B*ier ore frequent ..inner guests and ver^ often bring
friends with thee. We have met General and \ Imirals and c ll kinds of ranking
officers of the Army and N-^vy through the Bakers, roday^ the Boston Globe
printed - picture and story about Colonel Baker. His app intment as chief of
the Chemical Warfare Service with the r°.nk of M gor General h< s Just been
Friday, April 16, 1937 rtly clouiy
Ihe dancing clasa of the Redstone School had an appreciative audience
this afternoon. At just about lancing time, 24 youngsters from the 8th
Grade in Bellingham Center, Massachusetts came to see the house, lifter the
usual tour through the rooms, this group sat iown quietly in the large Boll
room and watched our children dance. Hiss Oehme, the teacher w~s much pleased
with the on-lookers ana afterwards expressed a desire to have "11 children
in small country schools have the advantage of learning the old fashioned
dances. She said that it had always been her dream to have lancing classes
made possible for children in the out-of-the-way District Schools. Ihe
Bellingham Center School is just such a school and we -re glad that these
children had the opportunity this afternoon of seening the dances executed.
Saturday, April 17, 1937 ? leasant r
"Billy" Phelps, aa he is generally called around the Yale campus, was
here today. His modesty, we suppose, prevented him from disclosing his
iientity immediately on arrival, but a member of his party took the hostess
aside and ann unced that the man with broad face, pleasnat smile and bright
eyes wa Proffessor Phelps. He remarked that he had come at Mr. Ford's
request. Mis courteous manner and deep interest 'n the house charmed us s 11.
After luncheon and a trip through the house, he was asked to sign in the
Pegister book. This is what he wrote:
A wonderful place
William Lyon Phelps
Another Childrens Friendship Tour visited tie house today. Ihis time
children sow the house, iivided into groups ) each.
WAXSIDE INN DIARY
Sunday, April 18, 1937
Miss Louise Brooks and her nephew, week-end guests, have
been taking long w Iks around the Inn and hare reported seeing
about 15 different kinds of birds in the vicinity. Hiss Brooks
made a list of them for us. Mr. Edward Brooks, the nephew, is 9
his torisn of some note. He baa written a biography of a Revol-
utionary hero, as yet unpublished. Miss Brooks bold us that this
wa.- the firtst ime her nephew had visiter the Inn '-ma Sue said:" He
is completely sold on the plicel"
Some of the birds seen by Miss Brocks.
M onday, April 19, 1937 Very w
We felt today that we were, in a way, having >ur own celebration
on the anniversary of the Battle of Concord and Lexington. No
military para des passed our ioor, and no b- j n:ls played patriotic
music, but in the Inn we had several pieces to remind us of the ^.-j.
Our guests showed more than usual hnterest *s we drew their attention
to the prints made by Paul Revere, to the gun hanging over the fire-
piece used in the Battle of Concord and Lexington, and seemed to enjoy
the few lines quoted from the "Landlord's I ale".
Ihis is the most summery dry we haVe had so far and sightseers
c^me in great numbers.
172 Meals were served
Members of I he D'Oyley Carte Bpera Company of London signed in
our guest book. They are presenting Gilb .rt and Sulliv:n Operas at the
Colonial Theatre in Boston.
Tuesday, April 10, 1937
Hardly a day goes by without a few bic ycle riders paying us a visit.
One day last week some boys and girls came ^ut from mbrii^e, twc of the
group riding on a tandem. Yeste day eleven girl scouts and c ampfire girls
rode over with their leaders from the Youth II ostel in Nobscot. Many of
these camps have been opened throughout M usetts to encourage bicycle
riding. The girls were thrilled wit] their visit and when they a rrived
here, were on their my to visit Concord, Lexin?tan and to stay over night
at Cedar Hill, a girl scout c imp in If ltham, returning to their homes in
WAYSlhE INN D3
Wednesday, April 21, 1937 Cloudy
This h c s been ° day of lays for school groups. Stfl rtlng ea rly
this morning children seemed to come from everywhere . The first to come
were little fourth graders from the Elmdale School in Uxbridge. While
they were still in the house another little group arrived.. . the Sunshine
4 H Club from the Community Center, West Newton. Other groups were from:
The North End Nurse ry School
Phi Delta Phi Sorority of Maiden high SchooJ
The Newsboys' Fjun d-- tion, Boston
Childrens' Friendship lour
Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Liversidge of CynwyJ, Pa. were overnight guests
again last night. They have : sunnier hone in Kennebunkport, Maine and
always plan to stay with us when going to, or coming bock from there.
Thursday, April 22, 1937 Heavy rain
Very few guests ventured out in the storm tola y. We have been
thinking of Miss Staples aping that the weather man s being gc
to her while she is on her few lays trip to New Jersey.
Friday, April 25, 1937 Rain - Light snow
The Southwest and Redstone School children a re enjoying their
Spring vac ation so no dancing cla sses were held this afternoon. The
boys classes were held as usual this evening.
We thing the boys and girls a re doing very well ind they certo inly
enjoy the favor dances. Miss Deface has many original Lde i introduces
something different each week.
I.les. Austill of Framinghara cam* y with 40 pupils on a
Children's Friendship lour.
Saturday, A pril 24, 1937 Pleasant
It is unusual to turn away overnight guests at this time of year.
But such w*> the case today. We lacked accomodation for 15 psoole v
would have liked to spend the night here. Consequently every room we
had available was occupied. Our overnight guests included Mr. ndnM s.
Fred Black and daughter Joyce from Dearborn. Also our old frienis Mr. n.
Stillman from Westerly R. I., a lovely family including two children ~n.;
a "Grandpa" from Bridgeport, Conn, and • sweet young bri ie and groom.
Youth Hostels Idea
^Kpreaos^Across U. S.
During the past few years the fanned for those who like to live
Youth Hostel movement has sprung
up in America in answer to a need
voiced by the young people of this
country to get away from city pave-
ments and apartment houses into
the open. A large percentage of
these young people, with deep-root-
ed desire and longing for travel,
found that even though their bi-
cycles provided economical means
of locomotion they were handi-
capped because of the lack of suit-
able low-cost overnight lodgings.
It was to fill this need that the
American Youth Hostel Association,
Inc., was formed and the first Youth
Hostel established at Northfield by
Isabel and Monroe Smith. Today
there are over 80 such hostels in New
England alone and the movement
has spread throughout the whole
Four thousand Youth Hostels exist
in 18 countries throughout the
world, and in 1934 the American
Youth Hostel Association was recog-
nized as the 18th to be included in
the International Youth Hostel
A Youth Hostel building includes
separate sleeping rooms for girls
and boys, separate washrooms and
like facilities, a common kitchen,
dining room, and recrea'ional room,
and private quarters for parents.
Each Youth Hostel is primarily in-
tended for those who travel by bi-
cycle, though hikers and horseback
riders are also hostelers. They are
ruggedly and simply, like to cook
their own meals and who wish —
or must — travel economically. De-
spite the name, "Youth Hostels," the
facilities of each is open to anyone
ranging in age from 4 to 94.
The American Youth Hostel or-
ganization issues passes — a so-called
youth pass being valid for an indi-
vidual under 25 and costing $1; an
adult pass, for anyone over 25, costfc
ing $2; a family or organization pass,
for a group of not more titan 10,
costing $5. Any American Youth
Hostel pass entitles the holder to
the use of all Youth Hostels in the
world, and during the first five
months of 1936, 1897 passes were
issued, which would seem to indi-
cate a strong interest in the move-
Any one who holds an American
Youth pass is free to become a mem-
ber of the Youth Hostel Council
whose privilege it is to suggest
changes of policy to the national
In addition to the cost of the pass,
an overnight fee of 25 cents is
charged at each hostel. This in-
cludes bed, blankets and all hostel
facilities. Fuel costs an added 5
cents to 10 cents, depending on the
season of the year, and for those who
bring their own tents and blankets
and do not stay over night in the
hostel, the charge is 10 cents per
traveler, plus 5 cents for fuel.
.IDE INN DIARY
iundsy, April 25, 1937
The overnight guests required our at tent ion this
morning. The Fatten family drove off early toward! their
home in Connecticut. Mr. ■ n- . . .tillraan rode around the
vicinity in search of antique -hops. The Bride and Groom
decided to stsy over another day. Mr. and Mrs. Black aid
Joyce bid farewell about eleven o'clock. The rest of the
day was well spent in taking c?re of a large number of
dinner quests; 206 in all.
Monday, April 26, 1937
The lambs have been as popular as ever thi - Spring.
The other day a gentleman *arae to the door end a.. ked to be
directed to the lambs. 6 don't cs;re about seeing the Inn
in, ve came purposely to visit the lambs. A friend told
us to come" he said. Mi ny of our guests now plan an annual
pilgrimage to our sheep barn in the Spring.
with a. 1937 lsmb
YSIDE INN DIARY
Tuesday, April 27, 1937 Rain
Dr. and Mr . Schaper, overnight guests la.jt night,
vere quiet, modest people. Ws found them standing on the
front door step in the evening watching for the man to come
and light the lamps in the yard. Then we got a little better
acquainted. Dr. Schaper "wrrmed up" and told us about a
wonderful trip which he has planned. Starting by motor err
fro:?. California, the Schapers have circled the southern half
of the United States and New England. The latter part of May
they will sail from New York for Europe. Coning back to the
United States their journey- home will take the;: over the
northern part of the U. 3. and Canada. "7e*re taking it leisure
ly" , said Dr. schaper, "and expect to be away from, hone for
about 2 years.
."ednesday, April 28, 1937 rtly rain
v:e've found out that Mr. and Mrs . Austill live in Fra: -
ingham and that Mr. Au... till ; is the new Presbyterian minister
there. This Spring the Austills started Friendship Tours for
hool children. Children fror. neighboring towns are invited,
at a certain cost - to join in an all day sight-seeing tour of
historic places. This plan has proved to be very successful.
More children than were expected hr-ve enrolled r nd have enjoyed
the trip beyond any expectations. The Wayside Inr. has been
includsd in the Austin's itinerary and we have entertained
several hundred of their children in the pa . t two weeks. Today,
four bus lords from Ho pedals . arrived on the Friendship
Thursday, April 29, 1937 Fair
An attractive youngster fron Vermont was being entertained
at dinner this evening. Her hosts were Mr. and Mrs Fyles,
an elderly couple and their guest a sweet young lady. She
seemed 8 little country-f ied, but alert and keen to know of
everything about the Inn. ",'e told her of the dancing class
which was held this evening. She watched our boys and girls
for a few minute ■ and then was invited by one of the boys to
join in the dancing. 'Veil, we looked on then, and found the
young lady to be full;of smiles and interested in all the old
ste joon she was having the tino of her life, r ., Mr .
Fyle j expressed it. We c ^gine what it meant to this
rr.oce st little girl. :n she returns to her small village in
Vermont, this dancing class at ide Inn will stand out as
a great big event.
?;ayside inn diary
Friday, April 30, 1937 Pleasant
The evening groups of visitor.: differ eme what front the
day-time grouos. For one thing, they consist of more men;
business, rnen who ?re relaxing at the tima of their evening meal.
Evening guests like to linger around the fireplace ;. Frequently
they are people, who come a^ the gue_ts of friend-. Mr. 3o and
3o is entertaining his be or the Jones family has brought
the Brown family to dinner at the "'ayside Inn. Some tires tliey
want their friends to hear about the house; sometimes they want
to talk among themselves in a semi-circle near the fire-place.
Quests tonight were three executives of the Crosby-" ; aahburn
Company from Minneapolis - guests of Mr. and Mrs. Schall; Mr.S^u^w
of Lever Bros, in Cambridge. After a trip through the house,
books and post tarda v.ere bought for the families back home.
Saturday, May 1, 193 7 Pleasant
The writer waa not at the Inn today, but she heard on
all; sides, about a new family who visited the Inn today. The
family, consisting of mother, father and three children, have
recently come to live in America from Ana tr alia. They will
be near us, in Lancaster, Iftasa* From reports of their interaat
and enthusiasm for the house wo expect to aaa them frequently.
The mother waa a sweet, lovely lady and the daughters were
beautiful; to look at. One daughter is a lover of horses and
when visiting the Royal Stables in London, waa presented horse ^/
shoes from the saddle horses of Princess Elizabeth and Prince
rgaret Rose. The whole family were so kind ana friendly that
they made a deep impression. Wa hone that they will eventually
become members of the Icrge Wayadda Inn family.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Sunday May 2, 1937 Pleasant
The vogue of going out for Breakfa t struck the Wayside Inn
this morning. Four pretty young ladies from Wellesley College
decided to have breakfast here. They made an early start and arrived
at the Inn before eight o 1 clack. One of the girls explained that
she wa~> born and brought up in Massachusetts nn3 wanted to 3how her
class mates the "sights". The class mates represented three different
states, Pennsylvania, Indiana and North Dakota. Wellesley College girls
in the "old" days used to ride over to the Inn on bicycles. We doubt,
however, if they ever arrived in time for Breakfa -»t.
Monday, May 3, 1937 Pleasant
A kindly, white haired gentleman gave his order for luncheon this
noon under the name of Maxfield P-^rrish. When we asked Lf he was an
artist he modestly confesss.d to bing the well known painter. Instantly
th se pictures of several years ago case bo our mind, the blues and
orange" colors which Mr. Parrish blended so beautifully. In making the
unusual settings in deep tones of blue, Mr. P rrish identified himself
as an outstanding artist. He registered from Cornish, New H mpshire,
the artist colony noted as the residence of St. Gaudens, the sculptor.
Tuesday, May 4, 1937 Cloudy
We have tried to prepare ourselves for almost any emergency. The
emergency today arose when a lady from New Hampshire informod us that
this was her Birthday. She said it in such a way that it made us feel
as if we would like to go right down to the Kitchen and make her a large
cake and put candles on it. Time, ofcourse, prevented. Instead, Miss
DeMille ran to the Emergency drairer and pulled out ribbon and a oaper
doiley. Then she went ot the Garden *nd ricked a few hyacinths and
daffodils. In a very short time a sweet little boquet was made and put
on the luncheon table at the place of our lady from New Hampshire. Im-
agine her surprise when she saw the quaint little nosegayl That she was
surprised and delighted is putting it mildly. The nosegay stayed pinned
on her dress Tor the rest of the arternoon and we imagine that the thought
of it will remian through many a long day.
Wednesday, May 5, 1937 Cloudy
Today ire began unpiling the oile of reservations which have been
accumalatin'T for the past several months. Ucny reservations have been
made in advnce for l°rge luncheon and dinner groups during the months of
My and June. TheBe re kept in a special place behind the Bar and include
reservations for womens clubs, convention groups, various societies and
schools. Some if them are annual affair 3 j a class reunion or a Spring
luncheon. The latter was the case today when the Ayer, Ma^s. Womans Club
held their luncheon here. Seventy-nine members were present.
wayside :nn d ary
SAM op gas MMPffi m
Ono autumn night, in Sudbury torn,
Across the moadows bsaio and brown,
Tho windows of tho Wayside Inn
Gloamod rod with f iro-light thru
Of woodbine, hanging from the oaves
Their crimson curtains rent and thin.
As ono Lent is this hostelry
As any in tho land may be
Built in tho old colonial day
When men lived in a grander way
With ampler hospitality.
Then silence followo^jthon bogan
A clamor for tho Landlord's talo-
. .(And) Finding excuse of no avail
Yioldod* and thus tho story ran*
"Listen, my children, and you shall
Of tho midnight ride of Paul Rovoro,
On tho eighteenth of April, ln f 75,
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.
Sheets .like the above are distributed
to evenry child in the Friendship Tour groups.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Thursday, May 6, 1937 P rtly cloudy
Once in a while a guest will tell U3 some particular thing about
the Inn which we have never heard of or read about. A gentleman today
pointed to a beam in the Bar room ceiling. He told us that on it, if
we looked closely, we would find round marks like rings. Mr. Lemon
told the gentleman that these marks were made during the Revolutionary
War when soldiers coming into the Bar-room put the ends of their muskets -
the barrell end - up aginst the Beam. On close examination we found the
r'ngs and also measured the end of our Revolutionary musket against them.
This makes an interesting story for our guests. The small boys especially
will enjoy it.
Friday, My 7, 1937 Cloudy
Loud applause came from the direction of the Ball room this evening
as our boys and girls performed a Singing Quadrills. That seems to be
a favorite dance with the cla ss. Many of our dinner guests enjoyed it
too. They sat very still watching it and when ended, they clapped their
hands and asked for iiore. Miss Oehme said that she had planned to have
the class in soihe other dance, but when she wsaw the unusually large
number of on-lookers, she changed her mind and asked for the Singing
Quadrille. Some of the guests joined in a Waltz and several stayed
through to the last grand march when couples bowed to each other in a
formal "Goodnight". One gentleman said th->t this was the best evening he
had spent in a long time.
Saturday, May 8, 1937 Partly cloudy
Naturally we want to write again about Mr. and Mrs* Austill because
they have been very sweet to us this week. They sent us a large box
of candy in appreciation of our kindness to their many children. La^.t
week we told in the diary of the Friendship Tour groups and what a fine
thing Mr. and Mrs. Austill are doing in giving hundreds of children the
opportunity of visiting historical places. Today they came again - 4 Bus
loads in the morning and 6 Bus leads in the afternoon - 40 children to a
Bus. Therefore we were kept n;ore than busy all day. Added to the Friend-
ship Tours were other school groups during the day. These included:
'lillbury, Mass Junior High School
Lakeview School - Yv'orcester
Peterboro, N. H. High School
Boy Scouts from Westerly, R. I.
oses Brown School, Providence, R. I.
Ballard School, East Saugus, Mass.
In the evening 40 members of the Queens of Avalon Society in Marlboro
celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a diimer in the large dining room
and entertainment later in the Ball-room.
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Sunday, may 9, 1937 Partly cloudy
^others Day brought to the Inn several faaily parties with a ..other
a guest of honor. Over 300 people were served in the dining room. Sixty
came for Breakfast. They were members of the Catholic Womans Club fro..:
Concord, Lia ss. L rge sprays of apple blossoms decorated the dining roo ..:
and made a lovely May time setting. A violin and piano furnished music.
Familiar tunes were piayed including selections from "kaytime", the popular
musical comedy by Jerome Kern.
Monday, way 10, 1937 Cloudy
Two gentlemen started to hear the story of the house today. Very soon
in the proceedings the hostess discovered that these guests were more In-
terested In the furniture than In the history of the house. They were on
their knees looking under tables =md feeling of the spindles in b^cks of
chairs. Then one would say to the other: "isn't tins a beauty, or did you
notice the wood here". All through the house, the hostess had a d'ff'cult
time "getting a v;ord in edgeways". She understood, however. One gentle-
man was the buyer of furniture at Bullocks, a very large store "n Los Angeles.
The other was the Interior Decorator In the same store.
Tuesday, May 11, 1937 Pleasant
A meeting which lasted nearly all day wa - held in the Small Ball root .
It started at 9 o'clock th s corning with a groun of men singing hymns.
Echoes of their voices came dov.-n to us and resounded through the hruse.
They were Y. li. C. A. Secretaries holding a monthly luncheon -eet'ng.
This evening a dinner was served in the old kitchen. Not cooked n
front of the fire but served there from our very up-to-date modern kitchen.
WAYS. D^ NN D "ART
Wednesday, May 12, 1937
Barbara Jo Long of 21C
Riverway, Boston : .n our
little ch Ids chair fro-:: the
A group of Girl Scouts
Apr":! 19, 1957
r. ?mi . r3. Ralph C.
Patenter and fat Lly
fro Spr ngfleld, Lass.
all descendants of the
Par: enter". Picture
tnken it our "Pan enter
Si ster 3" hou "?e.
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Thursday, May, 15, 1937 Cloudy
Several large groups visited the Inn today. All of theE stayed for
lunch. Briefly they were as follows:
The Alturian Club from Shirley, Lia 3S. w 4 th 32 nimbers.
Same club at the Inn in 1898.
Worn an s Club of Herrinac, ''ass. with ?.l ladies transported
here in a Bus.
A Mrs. Butcher with 1? friends.
9th Grade, St. Rose School from Chelsea, Mass* A picnic
lunch eaten out-of-doors.
Friday, May 14, 1937 Rain
Again we would J ike to write about the dancing class. This time
the cla;?s of the Southwest School. Ihey cane this afternoon. What we
enjoyed particularly was the fact that the young ladies, or girls, wore
apple blosson.s In their hair. Some of then had made a sort of croMi of
the blossoms; others had a wreath and one wore two tiny blossoms low In the
back of her neck. Ihey looked like Apple Blossom princesses. We hear
of Apple Blossom queens, but v;e th'nk th«t our Southwest girls looked as
pretty in their informal Apple Blossons as any pre-arranged Apple Blossom
Saturday, May 15, 1937 Cloudy
A touching little _nc ; dent occured this afternoon. T t was during
the visit of a large group of school children and happened n the Small
Ball Room. This is where the hostess ends her story of the house. She
tells about the Ball room itself and the old fashioned dancing. Then she
explains about the things outside, on the grounds, to see. If the
children have been especially good and attnetive she thanks the:.' for it.
A little girl of 8 years had been an especially good listener this after-
noon. She stayed close to the hostess. Then when the end of the story
csme, she took the hostess a ide, edged up to her and bashfully put some-
thing into her hand. The hostess felt of it and looked. It was a five-
cent piece. "I want you to take it. You told the sof^r" the little miss
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Sunday, lay 16, 19 7 Plea-.ant
Tt is not very often, in fact we cannot remember a tii^e when
a Baby carriage was seen in front ~f the Tnn. We have a great i^any
babies arrive n arms or in baskets, but to see a faiily strolling
down the drive way pushing a baby carriage is an unusual sight. The
picture shows a collapsible go-cirt. The faally is typical of our
Sunday afternoon visitors.
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Monday, ivi y 17, 1937 Showers
The Alturian Club from Shirley, Massachusetts which came to the
Inn last week, contributed something for our Historical file. The
Secretary had with her an account of the Clubs visit to the T nn in the
year 1898. It is quite a lengthy account and tells about the train
ride to Sudbury from Shirley, a comparatively few miles distant. Two
or three times the ladies had to change trains. On arrival at the
Sudbury station they were taken to the Wayside Inn in a large "Barge".
The description of the Inn is very similar to other accounts of the Inn
at this period. We were particularly Interested, however, in this part
"All of the rooms contain much old fashioned furniture
that silently speaks of history and family comedies and
tragedies but if the romantic side of our nature had an
imaginat 'on for flight, the wings did not appear and we
were kept to the practical side of things by our guide who
represented the exactness and methodical uianner which we
are told indicates a business capacity in man, altho 1 in
this case the person was a woman, who gave us dry hard
facts for our comprehension."
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Tuesday, May 18, 1937
Childrens voices were heard. Down the front wslk cai.e queer
looking little children; queer because they were dressed in Puritan
clothes. The girls wore long full dresses with white kerchiefs; the boys,
knee breeches with long brown tunics. Instead of being dignified,
quiet, sober children as their dress would suggest, they were gay and bright,
They ran towards the house and pointed to the Red Horse prancing on the
Sign. Inside they called to each other: "look, look at this'." They sat
on the settle before the open fire and hen ushered into the old dining room
they naturally, without any hesitation sat down at the table. Then they
pretneded to eat from pewter porringers and passed around imaginary corn
meal mush. In the kitchen they found the butter churn, candle moulds,
Betty lamps, all familiar . The Parlor story w^s well known. These child-
ren came from Cambridge, the home of Longfellow. After a few minutes they
no longer looked queer to us. They belonged here, harmonized with the place.
It was as if they had always lived at the Wayside Inn. L-ter a frolic took
place on the lawn. Then the minister called a meeting. The congregation
sat in rows on the green grass while the minister, with a deacon on one
side and the "Hour glass man" on the other raised his hands in a spitit of
worship. A hymn was sung. Ou- only regret was that these children could
not live on forever at the Wayside Inn.
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1/vednesday, Hay 19, 1937
One of our old friends is pictured. He is Mr. Lawrence Dav.e, Roving
Reporter of the Boston Herald and recent traveller in Europe. His
usual aeans of transportation to the *.nn fron Boston is by "Rosy" the bicycle
shown in the picture. "Rosy" wa nuch bedecked with apple blossoms and
lilacs when she started off with her master for the city. ...r. Dau:e
appeared in a pale blue Austrian sport suit a quired during his w'nter
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Thursday, May 20, 1937
Doings of our visitors fill most
of the pages of the Diary. There
are some visitors, however, very
seldom mentioned. They are the
dogs who v : sit the inn with master
or aistress. Like Gary's lar:b they
wait patiently about the fron door
'till o aster does appear. n the
meantime they receive ouch attention.
They are petted and patted, ^f not
they Sonet ines bark and pull at their
leach. After a while, however, they
settle down to a nap In the shade of
the lilac bush. Today we caught these
two dogs, very much awake, sitting on
top of the Pump.
Friday, May, 21, 1937
The garden has come into its
own again. Its lovely appearance
is commented on every day. Some of
the garden has already been brought
into the house j jonquils and tulips
and lilacs. Guests enjoy a stroll
in the garden before dinner or after
dinner "in the twilight. The Lawns
are especially smooth and green this
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Saturday, May 22, 1937
This has been a week so full of school ch ldren and dinner
guests hat v<e cannot do better than to set down the names and
number of visitors n each special party. The reader en then judge
for himself how full a week we have had at the Wayside inn.
Shady Hill School
Am Linen Supply Assoc.
Sharon High School
Sharon, ;,; iass.
Clarendon St. School
Teachers College of Conn.
Nev- Britain, Conn.
Woodland St. School
Gilbertville . Grainuar S c hool
Little Sisters, Christ Church
M alt ham, Mass.
[..art ins Corner School
Hooksett, N. H.
Grade 4, Runkle School
^rookline, M ass.
Narrangansett, R. I.
English Lutheran Church
Bancroft School, Auburn, ''.ass.
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Sunday, irfay 23, 1937
Not "bright" but early this morning 3 artists with artist
trappings were seen close to the front door of the Inn. They
*.ere sketching the door-way. Our lilac bushes are in full bloom
on either side of the door and this makes a truly quaint and
beautiful picture. There is a white lilac oil one side and a
lavender bush n the other. This is Lilac Sunday, by the way.
Here at the Wayside Inn we are observing it to the fullest extent.
Lilacs scent the air everywhere and the several lilac hedges are filled
with blossoms. Best of all lilacs at the Wayside Inn are the deep
purple variety seen ^t the "Parmenter Sisters" place.
Monday, .«ay 24, 1937
From the farm has come word of the acquisition of baby oxen.
The picture shows then drawn up in front of the Inn. They are being
given a formal welcome to their new home.
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Tuesday, way 25, 1937
We were very much amused by a storytold us by an overnight guest.
He said that in Italy our familiar bed warmers or warm '.ng pans are
called "i,ionks n . Once a lady was entertaining her brother who was a
monk, a member of the clergy. The lady, wish ng to please her guests,
said to a servant, "Please get the monk and vara the beds." After an
interval of a half hour or so, the monk, the brother of the kind lady
appeared. Looking very dejected he said: "I can't stay here. r 've
been put nto five beds to w.?rm them and I can't stand it any longer 1"
Wednesday, h y 26, 1937
As the school year nears its close we beg n to feel well acquainted
with our school children. We know that there will be a big space at the
Wayside Inn when they are gone through the Summer. Altho' they are busy
with their own work much f the time, we at least know that they are close
by. On Fridays they are always here for their dancing lesson and we will
miss them very much. Here are four little ladies from the Southwest School,
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Thursday, M-y 27, 1937 Pleasant
Early th'.s morning there was a hustling and bu3tl'ng all through
the house. Preparat.i;ns were being made for the luncheon of the
H rvard Woicans Club of Boston. 163 members assembled in the large
dining room and were served a chicken luncheon at 1 o'clock. Guests
of honor sat at one long table decorated wHh crimson roses (Harvard
colors). Ladies were dressed Ln flowery print dresses. After lunch-
eon a few short speeches were given and guests adjourned to the gardens,
the Marys L j;b School or joined on a tour through the h^use. A long
afternoon was spent in the Msy t ime setting of the Inn. Lany guests
spoke of a most enjoyable t'u;;e.
Friday, Lay 28, 1937 Cloudy
At least two people found the dancing class this evening a most
enjoyable event. They were Dr. E. P. Hoyden, well known surgeon of
Boston, a guest who has been stay ng at the Inn for several days. He
is resting and writing a book. The other person was a Mrs. Heald,
neice of iliss Oehme the danc ng teacher. Irs. Heald, a pretty,
attractive girl, ha recently lost her husband. She is left wHh a
tiny baby. Both these guests, we happen to know, were in need of rest
and relaxation, change of thought and scene. The dancing class seemed to
fill the bill. They watched with great Interest and enthusiasm the
Quadrille, Varsovienne etc. Then when a waltz was ann unced they were
quickly on the floor. Dr. Hayden was asked to lead the lajt Gr?nd larch.
From the smiles ;hich eventually appeared on the faces of our two guests,
we felt tint the dancing class this even ng had been of a very real
Saturday, May 29, 1937 Pleasant
Every now and then a devotee of Longfellow appears, usually an
elderly person of the "old school", a person ho remembers the popular-
ity of Longfellow when his poems were first making their appearance.
Such a person made Ir'mself known today as Dr. Alfred i.'.eyer. It was In
1874 when Dr. Meyer was attending Columbia University *n New York that
he remembers Beading "The Hanging of the Crane" in a New York daily
Newspaper. Longfellow had recited the poem the day before at Harvard
College. Dr. iieyer said, "I must have been n my freshman year for I
recall that T didn't know the meaning f the word "crane" at that ti^e.
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Sunday, May 30, 1937 Pleasant
Mr. and Mrs. Stillman of Westerly R. I. are mce guest3. They
are here for the holiday week-end. Mrs. Stills an, we recall, has
travelled extensively with Frieda Hempel, the opera s : nger as a
secretary-couipa .ion. Mrs. Stillman is not pretty, or especially
good looking, but she ha- a vivacious, attractive personality. You
are attracted by her conversation wh ch is informative and interesting.
She tells many stories and incidents f her travels. She goes to
New York and attends the threatre, she reads books and has left with us
a fine book on Bermuda which she is loaning to the hostesses. The
hostesses, by the way, are now engaged mreading the new book, "Paradise" by
Esther Forbes. Paradise tells of the settlement and pioneer days of an
early New England village.
nonday, i y 31, 1937 Pleasant
This holiday has brought the usual number of holiday visitors.
By holiday visitors we mean mostly sightseers, tourists who have come from
New York or elsewhere for a short holiday ; n New England. They are
crowding in as much sight-3eeing as possible in a day or two. We also
mean by "holiday visitors" the men folk and the shop girls. We see many
men with their families — wife and child ^n. The working girls come with
one or two companions or they bring mother to the Wayside inn for a days
Tuesday, June 1, 1937 Cloudy and rain
We had looked forward to this as being one of the largest days of
the season; large in the number of guests were were to serve. The
Massachusetts Medical Society had made reservations for 250 luncheons
to be served to wives af Doctors. The reservati n was made weeks ago.
This morning the number had decreased to 186. At luncheon time ~nly
141 ladies appeared. Cooks, waitresses and hostesses all experienced a
kind of let down feeling and we must confess to a great disappointment.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
All Day Wayside
(with lunch included)
Leave 9.00 A. M. Return 5.00 P. M.
10.30 A. M. omitting Tour No. 1 $4.50
A MOST complete and interesting ALL DAY
tour to WAYSIDE INN, now owned and main-
tained by Henry Ford.
This tour is specially made up for those having
but one day in Boston. It covers all points of
interest in Tours 1, 2 and 3, and then proceeds
to Wayside Inn, South Sudbury. It was here
that Longfellow wrote "Tales of a Wayside Inn."
This historic shrine was formerly called Howe
Tavern and was first licensed in 1666. In 1863,
it was named the "Wayside Inn." At the gate-
house, you will find the stagecoach which was
used to bring General Lafayette to Boston for
the laying of the cornerstone of Bunker Hill
Monument in 1825.
Also on the grounds is the Old School House
referred to in the famous poem, "Mary Had a
Little Lamb," and the Old Grist Mill which is
in actual operation today.
The cost of this tour includes admission to the
Inn and luncheon in its famous dining-room built
RAWDING LINES, INC
Hotel Bradford Boston
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Wednesday, June 2, 1937
Arlington Teachers' Club
Wednesday June 2, 1937
Dinner at 6.30
Members 1.00 Non-Members 1.25
About 100 iceiabers of the above Club were dinner guests this evening.
There were a few men present, but the iuajority were lady school teachers.
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Thursday, June 3, 1937
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Good lod fashioned homey folks made up the party of the "All
Round Club" th s evening. A little beyond middle age, these people
were quiet, friendly couples. This wa- their annual dinner-out. T t
proved to be both a good dinner and a good tine* Fron; the progra
below, one can judge" of the kind of good tiae. ..arj and her laub figured
appropriately as table decorations.
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Friday, June 4, 1937 Pleasant
Mr. and Urs. J me H. Herron of Cleveland, Ohio visited the Inn
ttas morning as guests of Mr. Ford. They were conducted through the
Inn by Miss Deiviille and seemed to enjoy their visit very :oich.
Mr. Yamana ka, Boston and New York Importer, dined at the Inn th's even'nj
He entertained some distinguished guests froi: Japan including a bright little
Japanese lady, President of a college in Tokyo.
"The Proof of the Puddng is in the eating" said Mr. Kaplan, one of
our Inn friends who returned tonight to attend the danc ng class. Last
week Mr. and Mrs. Kaplan came on Friday evening for dinner and to see the
dancing class especially. Tonight they c ane a^a in bringing f amily and
aturday, June 5, 1937 Pleasant
Mrs. Gaston Plantiff with in rs. Alice W. ^ickson motored from
New York today. J ry Ellen Plantiff is finishing her course at the Pine
wianor School in Wellesley. Mr . Plantiff, while staying at the Inn, will
attend the closing festivities of the school.
A very busy Saturday came to a close with 194 guests served in the
dining room. Seven school groups and a D. A . R. gathering were insluded
in the days business.
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Sunday, June 6, 1937 Pleasant
Much has been written about the beauty of the Inn; the
lovely lines of the h use, its setting among ancient oak trees,
lords do not draw a complete picture, however. There is irore
to the beauty of the Inn on a June day than one can express.
A feeling of reverence and sacredness Is n our hearts a3 we
look at the Inn. It s here under a ale blue sky. Gentle
breezes blow the green leaves ^n the trees wh ch seem in a gay
mood - as if glad they surround th..s dear old inn. The Inn it-
self appears mellow and harmonious. We cannot speak. We worship
"in silence. Guests are impressed as they approach the "nn.
Many of them exclaim: "Oh! it La beautiful!" Then they stand
still and gaze. Others show admiration in a different way. "We
just have to come to the Wayside .nn in June" said a friend.
Londay, June 7, 1937 Pleasant
We are almost too busy to write in the Diary! At luncheon time
a group of ministers ^jid their wives held a luncheon-meeting on the porch.
They are ministers to students; that is, ministers of -ari3hes ; n wh ch
colleges are located. At dinner time 54 teachers from the Frar Ingham
Normal School assembled In the large dining room. Place cards matched the
boquets in the canter of the table. Songs were sung during the meal and
the presentation of a gift to a retiring teacher, w^.i made. Three large
groups of children visited the Inn during the day.
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Tuesday, June 8, 1937 Pleasant
The Unity Club of East Walpole, Mass. enjoyed Old Fashioned dancing In
the Ball room this even ng. After dinner the 55 men and women in attendance
entered into a Virginia Reel. They also spent time in looking through the
h-use and walking in the g'rden. Other groups today included one of 9 for
luncheon and two groups of 12 each for dinner.
Wednesday, June 9, 1937 Pleasant
Mrs. Plantiff and her f»-i<=»nd Mrs. Dickson left today after spending
a busy three days here. They spent most of their tine n Wellesley
where they attended the graduation of .iary Ellen P/antiff at the Pine
Thursday June 10, 1937 Plea ant
We have a congenial group of overnight guests. Rev. and Mrs. H. W.
Smith of Lee, i.,a:s. are old friends and have come with their family to
attend the graduation of a daughter from the Walnut Hill School. Also
from the Walnut Hill School is Miss Louise moody. She and her mother are
rest'ng here gefore Louise starts her college Board examinations. The
Moodys are of the canoe-making family of Old Town, i«.a'.ne. Other over-
night guests are Mr. and Mrs. H. ;,'.. Fast. Mr. Fast is the author of
stories for boys; one of wh ch appears in the current issue of the Ladies
Home Journal. Rev. Mr. Sicith and Mr. Fast have had a long chat and it
looks as if they were going to be - should we say - fast friends!
Friday, June 11, 1937 Pleasant
Just before dinner time this evening, a car drew up to the front
door of the Inn bringing Air. and Mrs. Harold S. Bowker of Worcester.
Before they Come into the Inn, however, they called for a hostess and
showed her a large container in the back seat of the car filled with
lovely blossoms. These proved to be a gift for the Inn. Dozens of
large, long stemmed pink peonies and dozens of purple and lavender iris,
The combinati n made a beautiful picture. Mr. Bowker arranged ther in
large old pottery jugs and placed them in the large Ball-room. This
wa:; dancing class night and a kind of special occasion because the boys
of the senior class had dinner at the Inn th"s evening. The flowers
decorated the Ball-room and gave it a festive appearance.
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Saturday, June 12, 1937
The Bowkers are Waysi.de T nn friends, indeed. This time the
Carl Bowkers frou: Worcester. They carne as usual this Saturday
evening for dinner and brought v/ith them two large boxes of roses,
home grown. «lr. and Mrs. Bowker are rose experts and have won t^any
prizes with their flowers. We have never seen such a variety of
color and size of rose blossoms, every one a gorgeous specimen.
Hore of the Friendship Tour groups came this afternoon.
Au3till distributed these verses to the children.
^xagzsu a^ -THa childfusn'S post
"Gome to me, ye children,
And whisper in my ear,
What the birds and winds are singing
In your sunny atmosphere.
Ye are better than all the ballads,
That ever were sung or said;
For ye are living poems
And all the rest are dead.
THB 50th BIRTHDAY OF AGASSIZ
May 28,1857, Agassiz, the Naturalist.
"Oom wander with me" Nature said,
"Int* regions yet untrod,
And read what is still unread
In the manuscripts of God."
And he wandered away and away
With nature, the dear old nurse.
Who sang to him night and day
The rhymes of the universe.
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Sunday, June 15, 1957 Pleasant
The week started well with nearly 500 served in the dining
room today. One hundred people came in one large group to be served
at 1:50. These were Railroad Ticket men and their wives. Their visit
was somewhat limited, however. They had only time for luncheon and a
fleeting glimpse of the house - then back to New York.
Monday, June 14, 1957 Cloudy
It would seem as if a rose grower and a Packard salesman would
have nothing in common. But the two were brought together today at the
Wayside Inn and found much to talk about. The rose grower was Colonel
J. A. Pearson from Oklahoma City; the Packard salesman, Mr. G.A. Campbell
from Detroit. They met in the parlor as the hostess was telling the
story. Mr. Campbell asked a question, Colonel Pearson answered it and
they were off on a friendly chat which lasted well into the afternoon.
Roses are Colonel Pearson's hobby and he knew the subject thoroughly,
telling us of many different kinds of roses, how to care for them, and
where they can best be grown. Mr. Campbell told us of his brother who
lives in the rose section of Texas. He also recounted a story about the
American Beauty roses which the Packard Motor Company bought to give to
woman patrons. Thus an enjoyable time was spent at the Inn by these
two men of seemingly diversified tastes and interests.
Tuesday, June 15, 1957 Showers
One never knows when large groups are going to descend upon us.
Mostly we are informed in advance of their arrival. Then again we are
taken by surprise. Two or three bus loads of ladies arrived this after-
noon at 5 o'clock, without warning. The other evening a group of school
children piled in at 8:50 unannounced. Sometimes there is a hustle and
bustle to recruit all forces necessary to take care of these groups, but
always we manage to show them through the house. We feel that if they
have taken the time and pains to come here, then we must bend every effort
to make their visit enjoyable and worth while. This week the school groups
are declining in number as schools everywhere are closing for the summer
vacation. Bus tour groups are increasing, however. Something new this
year is a tour conducted by the Rawding Lines, Inc. On the next page is
a clipping from one of their folders which is self-explanatory.
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Wednesday, June 16, 1957 Pleasant
Today and the next two days will be devoted to our school
children, who are this week having their graduation festivities.
We have been impressed this year by the seriousness and dignity which
has accompanied all the exercises held.
This evening at the Boys School the annual Banquet took place
with about 150 people in attendance, including the boys, fir. and Mrs.
Sennott, instructors, Wayside Inn employes and friends. The program
belonged entirely to the boys with William Piazik acting as master of
ceremonies. There was the usual Valedictory address, Class Prophecy,
Glass Will, etc. Miss Fisher and Miss De Mille played semi-classical
selections during the dinner and the program closed with the singing
of "Auld Lang Syne".
Thursday, June 17, 1957 Pleasant
The end of the day has come. Long shadows have appeared on
the lawn and the sun is sinking slowly into the west. Mot only is
this day brought to a close, but the school year at the Wayside Inn
is ended. For the eleven graduates it means the termination of four
years of study at the Wayside Inn; four years when the Wayside Inn
has been Home. Now they are leaving. It is, of course, with a feeling
of sadness that we look upon them - sitting as young gentlemen on the
stage in the large Ball-room. Father Fletcher, Pastor of the Church of
the Immaculate Conception in Marlboro, which some of the boys have
attended regularly, has given the Invocation - and will pronounce the
Benediction. Just now the Rev. Vincent Tomlinson, one of our dear
Fraters, is talking. He is telling in a simple, natural way of his
association with the Inn and his fondness for it. He is speaking of
growth and developement and responsibility. We know that it is bound
to come to these boys, but we also know that as the care and respon-
sibility come, the past four years spent at the Wayside Inn will remain
like shining stars to :uide their way. This is a memorable evening.
It is a Commencement not only for the boys, but for the smaller children
who are leaving the Redstone and Southwest schools. The thought of
this very evening will be cherished in their hearts forever.
V/AYSIDE INN DIARY
Friday, June 18, 1957 Showers
This was an "open and shut" day, as the weather man terras it.
Young ladies debated about what they should wear to the Graduation
Ball. At one time it looked as if unbrellas, rubbers, and raincoats
would be needed. But when the hour for the Grand March finally
arrived, all was gay and bright in the large Ball room. School
colors, dark blue and white, were used in decoration. A four-piece
orchestra graced the platform. The Singing Quadrille was announced.
The dresses of sweet young girls swept the floor. A guest said that
he expected someone to dash in the door and announce that the V/ar
was over'. Just then the orchestra was playing a Stephen Foster
selection. It might well have been a Civil War-time scene. Punch
and sherbet and cake were served. Several guests joined in the
waltz and the Barn-dance. The orchestra played on. We wanted it
to go on indefinitely. At midnight, however, there was another
march and a good-night was said to Mr. and Mrs. Sennott and Mr. and
Saturday, June 19, 1957 Rain
One of our guests today had a long talk with one of the
hostesses about cooking in the old kitchen. She wanted to know
every detail in connection with old kitchen dinners - how they
are cooked and how they are served. It seems that our guest had
dined last year with Monsieur and Madame Clemenceau, son and
daughter-in-law of the great "Tiger of France". In their country
home a thirty-pound lamb was cooked on a spit in front of the
open fire. The spit rod was turned by electricity. Shinning
copper p^ns caught the drippings. It was a wonderful sight, our
guest explained, and the lamb was super-delicious. Our guest is
planning the same sort of thing for her country place in New York
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Sunday, June 20, 1957 Pleasant
Today we have begun a summer schedule. Miss Frances Tibbitts,
teacher in the Mary Lamb School, is to remain through the vacation
period as a hostess. Miss Katherine Schultz from Ann Arbor, Michigan,
a student at the University of Michigan, will be here through the
vacation. Hostesses will take turns being at the Redstone School in
the afternoon to tell the story there.
Monday, June 21, 1957 Cloudy
When new hostesses tell the story of the Inn, we are interested
in their new interpretations of it. Basically they are the same, but
they use different words to convey the same idea. They also add new
stories to the same objects. As a matter of fact, all the hostesses,
old or new, have their own private way of telling the story. For instance,
in describing the footstove, Miss DeMille calls to mind the long three-
hour sermons of the old days, showing the necessity for a footstove in
the unheated churches. Miss Staples points out the fact that our
footstove is a particularly old one. It has a wooden frame instead of
perforated tin which was more commonly used at a later date. Miss
Tibbitts, our new hostess, speaks of the footstove as a Valentine gift
and asks the guests to notice a red heart painted on the front of it.
Then she adds that she thinks the footstove is the sign of a pretty
Tuesday, June 22, 1957 Cloudy
Miss Schultz talked with a guest today whose grandmother was
a Mrs. Sarah Gilbert Howe. Mrs. Howe came to the Wayside Inn on her
honeymoon in the year 1842. She recounted the story of her visit to
the Inn many times during her life and remembered well the landlord,
Mr. Lyman Howe. She and Mr. Howe discovered that they were indirectly
related. Vie had another Howe descendent recently. He was Mr. David
Hawkins from Concord. Mr. Hawkins has a son named David Howe Hawkins;
the David being chosen from accident rather than from family interest.
It turned out to be a good old family name, however. David Howe was
one time proprietor of the Wayside Inn.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Wednesday, June 25, 1957 Pleasant
This week we had a trip to New Hampshire. Much to our delight
and surprise we found an old butter churn in actual working order. There
was a sign in front of an old farmhouse: "Butter milk and fresh ginger
bread." It tempted us. As we drove into the yard, the butter churn
stood silhoutted in the side doorway. "I put it in the sun so as to warm
the cream", the farmer's wife explained. Peering into the churn, the
cream was there, sure enough. It put us in mind of the churn here in
the Inn kitchen. The churn iB probably the most familiar of all old
cooking utensils. Guests often reminisce around the churn and tell of
standing, for what seemed like hours, moving the dasher up and down.
Thursday, June 24, 1957 Pleasant
A little old lady in black approached the bar the other day
and asked a very unusual question. She queried: "is Mrs. Barker here?"
Mrs. Barker, it will be remembered, was the hostess when Mr. Ford
first bought the Inn in 1925. She is not now living. It developed
that our lady in black was Mrs. Hamilton Osgood, a sister of Mr.
Pearmain who lives hear us on the hill. Mrs. Osgood has not been in
this country for ten years. She lives in Dublin, Ireland. Two
attendants came with Mrs. Osgood who is now 90 years old.
Friday, June 25, 1957 Dismal
It hardly seems possible that another summer season has
rolled around and that the Tauck Tours are here. Their weekly visits
started today. We have looked forward to this event. They are a fine
group of people with reliable chauffeurs and conductors. Twenty Tauck
Tour guests lunched on the porch at noon time. Mr. Tauck himself accom-
panied his patrons and made this a kind of introductory trip.
Saturday, June 26, 1957 Dismal
Guests have more than enjoyed the Redstone School this past
week. Dr. Ryland 0. Sadler of Baltimore became so enthusiastic that he
came twice to hear the story. He wanted to buy the story-teller a box
of candy! He said, and we thought we detected tears in his eyes, "You
have given me more pleasure than I can say" Somehow, the story at the
schoolhouse seems to touch the hearts of all the visitors. It is some-
thing they have grown up with and have lived with. It is a part of their
lives. They have attended a Redstone school. They have always loved the
story of Mary and her lamb. The hostess usually divides the story into
two parts. First there is a history lesson when she tells about the
building itself; next comes a story period when the familiar scene of
Mary and her lamb at the schoolhouse is recalled. Once this week the
"pupils" ended the "session" by singing "School days, school days, dear
old Golden Rule days" etc.
WAYSIDE INK DIARY
Sunday, June 27, 1957 Cloudy
The name of Priacilla Alden Redfield appears in large,
childish handwriting on our Register today. Priscilla is the
12th direct lineal descendent from John Alden and Priscilla.
She is a quaint, modest child. Her mother is much interested
in things Colonial and Priscilla apparently is pursuing the
pr>me line of thought. She was quiet and attentive. It was,
of course, Longfellow who immortalized ohn Alrfen and Priscilla.
The 12th Priscilla lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey, the town
immortalized by Longfellow in the story of Elizabeth Haddon and
John Estaugh in Tales of a Wayside Inn.
Londay, June 28, 1957 Cloudy
This time of year the Inn fulfills its educational purpose
to the fullest extent. Guests are mostly tourists. They come
from every state in the Union. Sometimes they are bewildered
when they enter the Inn. They do not know quite what it is all
about. They sometimes have the attitude that this is just another
old house. It is difficult for the hostess to engage their attention.
V/hen she starts describing the house and its furniture, her listeners
appear indifferent. Then as the little company moves on through the
Bar Room, the Dining Room to the Old Kitchen, the hostess notices
that the strictest attention is being paid. Someone asks a question.
Another dares venture an inquiry. There is a feeling of friendliness
created. When the Parlor is reached, the hostess seems to come into
her own. The guests sit on the sofa and in the chairs and they
thoroughly appreciate and enjoy the Longfellow association. On
leaving, the guests' feel a fascination and interest in the house.
They are grateful that it is preserved. Incidentally they have
learned much about Colonial things and our beloved poet. The Inn
has truly been an educational pleasure.
Tuesday, June 29, 1957 Partly Cloudy
Two or three times a year we are favored with a visit from
the Rev. John H. Robinette. He is the pastor of Trinity Episcopal
Church at Pawtucket, Rhode Island. For years he has loved the Inn
and very often brings friends and parishoners to see it. Today he
brought three young men and introduced them as the boys who carry
the Cross an' 1 +he Colors in his church, I could think of no nicer
reward for their services than to bring them to the Wayside Inn",
explained Mr. Robinette.
interesting conversation with the ladies about Longfellow
and his contemporaries. The lady invited these two young
men and the hostess to see the old year out with her.
Near twelve oclock we drew chairs up to the bar room fire,
lighted the holiday candle, and awaited the march of time.
Just as the parlor clock chimed twelve, we were interrupted
by the pounding of the front door knocker. Ve opened to two
belated travelors, Mr. and Mrs. Banford of Utica, N. Y.,
who had suddenly made up their minds to spend New Years Eve
at "'ayside. They sensed that a celebration was in progress,
joined the group without preliminaries, and began to sing
Auld Lang Syne. Mr. Banford, who had been at the inn before
suggested that we all go to the ball room and sing the
New Year in. He played the piano and for half an hour the
group sang old fashioned songs, such as In the Gloaming,
1*11 take you Home Kathleen, Shine on Harvest Moon, Silent
Night, and lastly My Old Kentuckey Home and Goodnight Ladies.
The disppointed Lady was thrilled, and said it had turned out
to be one of the most pleasant New Years Eves of her life.
The hostess overheard her describing to guests, who came the
following day, what a wonderful New Years Eve she had
Saturday, Jan. 1st \°i3>v Heavy Snow
We awoke to a. New England snow storm, beautiful to
look upon, but disheartening when we thought of expected
guests. We had quite made up our minds we would have no
guests, when in came our good friends Mr. and Mrs. Gookin.
They were blown, red cheeked, and smiling. Tho the weather
grew worse as the day wore on, they remained and took
their usual five P.M. bus home. It was a half hour late
but they bravely stood, hand in hand, in the sleet and snow
until it came along.